Cutts Island State Park

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Cutts Island State Park
Cutts Island, 01.jpg
Cutts (or Deadman's) Island
Map showing the location of Cutts Island State Park
Map showing the location of Cutts Island State Park
Location in the state of Washington
LocationPierce County, Washington, United States
Nearest cityGig Harbor, Washington
Coordinates47°19′15″N 122°41′15″W / 47.32083°N 122.68750°W / 47.32083; -122.68750Coordinates: 47°19′15″N 122°41′15″W / 47.32083°N 122.68750°W / 47.32083; -122.68750[1]
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Elevation43 ft (13 m)[1]
DesignationWashington marine state park
Established1969[2]
AdministratorWashington State Parks and Recreation Commission
WebsiteCutts Island State Park

Cutts Island State Park is a public recreation area park comprising the entirety of two-acre (0.81 ha) Cutts Island in Carr Inlet in Pierce County, Washington. The island is a clay butte with a stand of trees and a teardrop-shaped beach at low tide.[3] It sits one half-mile offshore from Kopachuck State Park and is accessible only by water. Eight mooring buoys are available for boaters. Park activities include beachcombing and scuba diving.[4]

Island names

Cutts Island has also been known as "Crow Island," after the crows found in abundance on the island in 1792 by explorer Peter Puget, and "Scotts Island," after Thomas Scott, quartermaster of the 1841 Wilkes expedition. The belief that the island served as a burial ground for Native American tribes who placed their dead in canoes in the forks of trees gave birth to the name "Deadman's Island." The origin of the name "Cutts Island" is unknown.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cutts Island State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Marine Protected Areas in Washington" (PDF). Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. December 2009. p. 39. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Kopachuck State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Cutts Island State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Marge and Ted Mueller (2004). Washington State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide (Third ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. p. 177. Retrieved August 5, 2018.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)

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