Blake Island State Park, Seattle

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Blake Island is a Puget Sound island in Kitsap County, Washington, United States, that is preserved as Blake Island State Park. The island lies north of Vashon Island, south of Bainbridge Island, and east of Manchester. On the northeast end of the island is Tillicum Village, a showcase for Northwest Coast Indian arts, culture, and food. The park is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Blake Island was used as a camping ground by the Suquamish tribe. In about 1786, according to legend it was the birthplace of Chief Sealth, for whom the city of Seattle was named. The island was first noted by British explorer George Vancouver in 1792, as part of his exploration of Puget Sound, though it was not named.
In 1841, Lt. Charles Wilkes of the United States Exploring Expedition named it Blake Island for George Smith Blake, the officer in charge of the United States Coast Survey between 1837 and 1848, although it was known locally as Smuggler's Island for some time. In the mid 19th century, the island was logged for its timber. During the Prohibition, it was frequently used as a refuge for bootleggers smuggling alcohol from Canada.
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  • It is more than a sea of blue-serenity sea and white sand, and it is quiet and recommended for those who prefer such a sea of rock. I was sitting alone for a couple of hours, and I was really happy with the idea of getting mixed up in my head.
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  • This is a beautiful place. Lovely setting and not too crowded. Beautiful views of Seattle and other islands.  more »
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  • We had a large group and enjoyed the island very much while we camped for 5 days! Paul is the best ranger! Cheers!
  • We came to the island for a cruise, dinner and performance. The staff on the cruise and the island were all welcoming. The island is beautiful & wonderfully quite. The trip as a whole was wonderful and being caught in a thunderstorm on the way back was mystical!

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