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Fort Casey State Park

Whidbey Island, Coupeville, Washington USA

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Reasonable
Open Now
Sat 8a-7p
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“history & scenery!”

Fort Casey State Park is a 467-acre marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A coast artillery post features two 10-inch and two 3-inch historic guns on display. The park features 10,810 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet), and includes Keystone Spit, a two-mile-plus stretch of land separating Admiralty Inlet and Crocket Lake.

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Reviewed by
Alex

  • Photographer
  • 57 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
June 04, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great place for Parkour, Hide-and-seek game and camping. We visited this place with a group of teenagers and had awesome time there. If you bring some food wit you, you can spend the whole day there with your friends playing games on the field and exploring old buildings. A few trails available there as well.

HISTORY
Designed as part of the massive modernization program of U.S. seacoast fortifications initiated by the Endicott Board, construction on Fort Casey began in 1897. In 1901, the big guns on disappearing carriages, which could be raised out of their protective emplacements so that the guns were exposed only long enough to fire, became active. However, the fort's batteries became obsolete almost as soon as their construction was completed. The invention of the airplane in 1903, and the subsequent development of military aircraft made the fort vulnerable to air attack. In addition, the development of battleships designed with increasingly accurate weaponry transformed the static strategies of the nineteenth century into the more mobile attack systems of the twentieth century. Most of Fort Casey's guns and mortars were removed during World War I, when they were mounted on railcars to serve as mobile heavy artillery. Some of these weapons were returned to the fort after the war, and were scrapped during World War II as 16-inch guns and other weapons at other forts superseded them.

The two 10-inch guns on disappearing carriages currently mounted at Fort Casey were transferred from the Philippines in the 1960s, along with two three-inch guns. The 10-inch guns are M1895MI (No. 26 and No. 28 Watervliet) on disappearing carriages M1901 (No. 13 and No. 15 Watertown) at Battery Worth, Fort Casey (originally at Battery Warwick, Fort Wint, Grande Island, Philippines). The three-inch guns are M1903 (No. 11 and No. 12) on barbette carriages M1903 (No. 6 and No. 7) at Battery Trevor, Fort Casey (originally at Battery Flake, Fort Wint).

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Reviewed by
Alex

  • Photographer
  • 57 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
September 11, 2015
Rated 5.0

Nice abounded place to hangout at

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Fort Casey State Park

Whidbey Island
Coupeville, Washington
USA

Hours

Open now until 7:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • 35 Camp Sites
  • Pull Through
  • 50 AMP
  • Big Rigs
  • Tent Sites
  • Showers
  • Paved Sites

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