Cutts Island State Park

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Cutts Island State Park
Washington State Park
Cutts Island, 01.jpg
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
Elevation 43 ft (13 m) [1]
Coordinates 47°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]
Area 2 acres (1 ha)
Established 1969 [2]
Management Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Website: Cutts Island State Park

Cutts Island State Park is a marine state park in Pierce County, Washington. The park comprises the entirety of two-acre (0.81 ha) Cutts Island (also known as Deadman's Island) in Carr Inlet. The island is a small 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]

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

  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. 

External links

  • Cutts Island State Park Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Cutts Island State Park Map Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
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