Port Gamble

Port Gamble is located on the Kitsap Peninsula in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.

Port Gamble water towers


The village streets of historic Port Gamble haven't changed much since Puget Mill Company founded the town in 1853. The original New England Victorian-style homes have been lovingly preserved, along with the several other historic buildings in the area. Since 1966 the Port Gamble Historic District is a registered U.S. National Historic Landmark and a popular destination for tourists. In 1856, the USS Massachusetts was sent from Seattle to Port Gamble, Washington Territory on Puget Sound, where indigenous raiding parties from British and Russian territories had been raiding and enslaving local Native Americans. When the warriors refused to hand over those among them who had attacked the Puget Sound Native American communities, Massachusetts landed a shore party and a battle ensued in which 26 natives and 1 sailor were killed. That sailor was the first US Navy man killed in the Northwest and his grave can still be seen at the hilltop cemetery.

Get in

By car

Victorian Shop in Port Gamble

Port Gamble is located along a bend in highway 104 near the Hood Canal bridge on the northern end of the Kitsap Peninsula.

By boat

Although Port Gamble does not have a marina for motorized boats, it is still a popular area for sea kayakers with easy access to the Hood Canal and the southern launching point for the Kitsap Peninsula Water trails leg from Port Gamble to Foulweather Bluff near Hansville.

Get around

Once you are in town everything can be reached by foot. Make sure you take a stroll up to the historic cemetery for a better sense of the history of the town and a sweeping view of the area.


Port Gamble is a great place to go for a stroll and soak up the early mill town history of the area. The Port Gamble Historic District has several quaint shops to visit and is a registered U.S. National Historic Landmark and a popular destination for tourists.



The Kitsap Audubon Society has been actively meeting since 1972 and has a broad coalition of birders actively tracking and sharing sightings since then. They also maintain an active website with updates of the latest sightings, suggestions on areas for birders and even a regular newsletter. They also developed a checklist of birds likely to be seen birds in the area.

The state Audubon society developed 'The Great Audubon Birding Trail' which includes key migration flyways. Flyways are major north-south routes of travel for migratory birds and likely areas to see birds along the route extending from Alaska to Patagonia. Point No Point County Park near Hansville at near Port Gamble particularly important for birds migrating the Pacific Flyway. The Audubon Society designated it an IBA or an Important Bird Area. The nearby protected harbor which is also named Port Gamble is also an excellent area for bird watching.

Sea kayaking

Southern Orca Pod

Port Gamble is near Hood Canal which is a popular destination for Sea kayakers. Sea kayaking can be a rewarding way to explore the sheltered bay near Port Gamble and helps to make Kitsap one of the most popular areas to kayak in Puget Sound. Port Gamble is one of 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 and Grey and Orca whales are not out of the question.

Kayak trails

Organized trails offer overnight camping options and maps of appropriate travel lengths and scenic travel destinations.

Kayak rentals


interior of the Port Gamble General Store



Go next

Port Gamble is located close to the Hood Canal bridge with easy access to the Olympic Peninsula and an 8-minute drive along highway 104 to Kingston and its ferry crossing.

Routes through Port Gamble

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