Marrowstone, Washington

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Marrowstone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson County, Washington, USA. The population was 837 at the 2000 census. All Marrowstone addresses are in Nordland, Washington, and the ZIP code for Marrowstone Island is 98358.

Marrowstone takes its name from Marrowstone Point, the northernmost point on Marrowstone Island. It was given the name "Marrow-Stone Point" in 1792 by the British explorer George Vancouver, descriptive of the hard, clayey soil.[3]



Marrowstone is located at 48°3′30″N 122°41′17″W / 48.05833°N 122.68806°W / 48.05833; -122.68806 (48.058323, -122.687943).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²), all of it land.

Prominent land features include:

  • Marrowstone Point, at the northern end of Marrowstone Island;
  • Nodule Point, at the southern end of the island;
  • Mystery Bay, an inlet on the western side of Marrowstone Island;
  • Griffiths Point, on the western side of Mystery Bay;
  • East Beach, a sandy beach at the northern end of East Marrowstone Road; and
  • Scow Bay/Kilisut Harbor, which separates Marrowstone Island from its western neighbor, Indian Island, a Navy ammunition depot.

A narrow land bridge connects the southwestern end of Marrowstone Island with the southern end of Indian Island. It is necessary to cross a short bridge on the western side of Indian Island to get to the Jefferson County mainland.

Fort Flagler, a Washington state park, is situated on 784 acres (314 hectares) at the northern end of Marrowstone Island. It overlooks Port Townsend Bay and Admiralty Inlet, the entrance to Puget Sound. Fort Flagler was one of three forts, along with Fort Worden (near Port Townsend) and Fort Casey (on Whidbey Island), that guarded the entrance to Puget Sound. Mystery Bay State Park is another state park on Marrowstone Island, located on 10 acres (4 hectares) of Mystery Bay shorefront about a half-mile north of the Nordland General Store. It is primarily for boaters. Kinney Point State Park comprises 76 acres (310,000 m2) at the south end of the island. Accessible only by boat, it is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail.

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