Dash Point State Park

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Dash Point State Park
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Beach at Dash Point
Map showing the location of Dash Point State Park
Map showing the location of Dash Point State Park
Location in the state of Washington
LocationWashington, United States
Coordinates47°18′56″N 122°24′25″W / 47.31556°N 122.40694°W / 47.31556; -122.40694Coordinates: 47°18′56″N 122°24′25″W / 47.31556°N 122.40694°W / 47.31556; -122.40694[1]
Area398 acres (161 ha)
Elevation184 ft (56 m)[1]
OperatorWashington State Parks and Recreation Commission
WebsiteDash Point State Park

Dash Point State Park is a 398-acre (161 ha) Washington state park on Puget Sound that straddles the line between King and Pierce counties. The park has over 3,300 feet (1,000 m) of shoreline, 140 campsites, 11 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking,[2] and offers beachcombing, fishing, swimming, birdwatching, windsurfing, skimboarding, and wildlife viewing.[3] Dash Point is located across Commencement Bay from downtown Tacoma.[4]


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Prior to being known as Dash Point the area was known as lson Landing, Fairview Beach, and Woodstock Beach. The origin of the name Dash Point is unclear.[5] The area was named Dash Point on official maps by 1877.[4]

The land was sold by the McLeod family to the State of Washington in the late 1940s for use as a park.[5] The park was dedicated and developed in 1962 for the Seattle World's Fair.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Dash Point State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Land and Water Conservation Fund - Washington" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Dash Point State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Northeast Tacoma History". Dash Point Transportation Inc.
  5. ^ a b c "Dash Point State Park | Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission". parks.state.wa.us. Retrieved 2017-12-24.

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