Suquamish is located on the Kitsap Peninsula in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
Suquamish, located on the Port Madison Indian Reservation, is home of the Suquamish tribe.
One of the most influential leaders of the Northwest, Chief Seattle, lived here and he is buried at Suquamish Memorial Cemetery behind St. Peters Mission.
Chief Kitsap for which the county and the Peninsula are named also lived in the area and was an influential leader.
Visiting the areas forested hills, clear streams and endless clear salt water will give insight into why the original inhabitants of Puget Sound chose this region to call home and navigated these waters in well designed cedar canoes. Today Suquamish is culturally and economically diverse area, with a mix of native and non-native residents that include artists, crafts people, local workers, commuters and retirees. Suquamish Tribal traditions are celebrated throughout the year and are a visible part of the Suquamish experience.
- From the Seattle/Bainbridge Island Ferry
- From the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry
- From Tacoma
The Suquamish Dock
The Suquamish Dock is available for use by boaters but also has an important cultural function, making participation in canoe outings accessible to elderly and disabled tribal members. The public dock represents the Tribe's historical access and the town's connection to the water.
The 526 foot dock is free to use for short-term for boaters to tie up to during the day to grab lunch, shop or explore Suquamish’s downtown core. Long-term or overnight moorage is limited to tribal vessels.
By shuttleA free shuttle runs between the Bainbridge Island and Kingston ferry docks and the Suquamish resort.
phone: +1 360 479-6962Kitsap Transit offers transit services throughout the area including pickup from all ferry terminals and connects with Mason Transit (Mason County), Pierce Transit (Pierce County), and Jefferson Transit (Jefferson County) offering connections outside of the area.
phone: +1 360 394-8499address: 6861 NE South St
Old Man House Parkfor at least 2000 years this was the site of the largest Suquamish winter village and longhouse in the region. The Old Man House was home to Chief Seattle before it was dismantled and burned around 1870 due to attempts by whites to anglicize the tribe.
Chief Seattle's Gravepay your respects at this popular spot for tourists and historians. Seattle's gravestone is surrounded by a mound of grass and a walkway, and surrounded by two carved, cedar canoes. Visitors often leave gifts and mementos next to his grave and the city that was named in his honor can be seen across Puget Sound. Chief Seattle died in Suquamish June 7, 1866 however the spelling of 'Sealth' on his grave marker that was later donated in 1890 was probably an effort to render the pronunciation more correctly, unfortunately the result of this effort toward accuracy has been the spread of a completely inaccurate version of the Chief's name. Sadly, no Puget Sound area newspapers covered the actual funeral ceremony, and there is no indication that any of the founding pioneers of the area came to pay last respects.
Chief Seattle Dayscelebration to honor Chief Seattle, a famous leader of the Suquamish for whom the City of Seattle is named. Since 1911 when the celebration started, many of the same activities are still featured including the traditional salmon bake, canoe races, baseball, drumming and dancing, and a memorial service honoring Chief Seattle at his gravesite in Suquamish.
Sea kayakingThe Suquamish navigated these waters in well designed cedar canoes for thousands of years and much of the designs of modern sea kayaks owe some debt to these early designs. Suquamish is an excellent place to start a sea kayaking adventure exploring the many harbor towns that cater to kayakers with shops and restaurants accessible from the water. Harbor Seals, Otters, Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and Blue Herons are common sites while the occasional viewing of an Orca or Grey Whale is not out of the question.
Kayak trailsOrganized trails offer overnight camping options and maps of appropriate and scenic travel destinations, many of these trails follow the same paths that the Suquamish have used for thousands of years.
Kitsap Peninsula Water TrailsThe National Parks Service Named the this 'Trail of the Month' in the entire USA for the month of December 2012, PDF copies of the water trails map are available and Suquamish is centrally located on the trail.
Suquamish Farmers Marketlocally produced goods, food and crafts. With seven miles distance to any full service grocery stores, this is a walkable way to pick up great food, flowers, handmade clothing, gifts, and art.
phone: +1 360 930-0911locally sourced fresh ingredients and even pacific north west wine list make this place a mainstay.
Coyote Coffeephone: +1 360 394-1800address: 16174 State Hy 305 NEtwp drive up windows, grounds for change coffee and even tasty breakfast specials.
Masi Shop & Shell Gas Stationphone: +1 360 598-4066address: 16281 State Hwy 305 NEit may seem a little strange to put a gas station/convenience store on the to do list. But this place is tribally owned, above par and has coffee, tea, beer and wine.
By carSuquamish is located across the Agate Pass Bridge from Bainbridge Island and also near Poulsbo and Indianola.
By boatSuquamish is centrally located on the Kitsap Peninsula and several marinas are located nearby including Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island and the public marinas in Poulsbo and Keyport.
If you are following the Kitsap Water Trails, Suquamish is centrally located on the Kingston leg and also offers easy access to Bainbridge Island.