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Owen Beach

Features You'll Find:
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    • Art & Artifacts
    • Drinking Fountain
    • Parking Stalls
    • Parking Stalls / ADA
    • Restrooms / Year Round
    • Trail / Hard
    • Trail / Soft
    • Barbecue
    • Picnic / Drop in
    • Picnic / Reservable
    • Beach
    • Boat Launch / Walk Up
    • Kayak or SUP Rental
    • Natural Areas
    • Puget Sound
    • Viewpoint
    • Waterfront

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Restroom Schedule

5605 N. Owen Beach Rd.
WA, Tacoma 98407

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Views of Vashon Island, ferry boats and fishing craft make Owen Beach one of Point Defiance Park's most popular destinations. Owen Beach offers waterfront picnic shelters with grills, tables, a restroom and ample free parking.

Drive to the beach along Five Mile Drive or follow the scenic waterfront promenade from the Boathouse Marina.

Owen Beach Improvements
New restrooms, a children’s play area and a second picnic shelter are among proposed changes in a $4.6 million improvement project planned to begin at Owen Beach in 2018.  Learn more >

Owen Beach Picnic Shelter
Available for rent between April 1 and September 30 each year. Reservations may be made up to 365 days in advance. Learn More >

Food Concessions at Owen Beach
Open noon-7 pm daily during summer months (weather permitting)

Stranded or beached seals and sea lions
If you see a seal on the beach, give it room - at least 100 yards. It's the law! Dogs should be leashed and kept away.

Harbor seals utilize shoreline locations as resting places for several hours every day to regulate body temperature, interact with other seals and sleep. Chasing, tormenting, molesting, capturing or feeding these animals is harassment and is prohibited.

  • If you see a marine mammal being harassed contact NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline (1-800-853-1964).
  • If animal has been on the beach for 48 hours or is clearly in distress (injured) contact NW marine Mammal Stranding Network (1-800-853-1964).
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Restrooms - Open 10 am to dusk year round. Restroom schedule

Kayak rentals - Kayak rentals at Owen Beach


Events Happening Here:
  • 20 Jul
    Point Defiance Beach Cleanup
    Register Online   Get hooked on helping at these cleanup events held every 3rd Saturday at the Point Defiance...
    09:00 am
  • 02 Aug
    Family Campout
    We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us for three Friday nights under the stars with your...
    07:00 pm
  • 02 Aug
    Explore the Shore
    Join Zoo naturalists and stroll along the beach at low tide, learning about the animals there. Explore the Shore is...

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