Best Places For A Bonfire In Seattle

June 7, 2014 1:00 AM

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Mountains and Puget Sound and the beautiful beaches. There are select beaches in the area that are open to bonfires. These areas are fantastic for enjoying the evening breeze off of the Puget Sound and for enjoying a classic Pacific Northwest sunset over the Olympic Mountains. It’s a great way to end a day spent playing and keeping cool near the saltwater.
Golden Gardens
8498 Seaview Place N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 684-4075

Golden Gardens is north of downtown Seattle on Shilshole Bay. The park offers nets for beach volleyball, pathways to walk, a grassy area to play games and hiking trails. Part way up the hill is the off-leash dog park. This is one of two parks in the city that allow bonfires. These are not the traditional fires using driftwood on the beach. The fires are regulated to the designated fire pits, size of the fire and type of wood used. There are several grocery stores nearby in Ballard or Greenwood that sell firewood to use. The park closes at 11 p.m. During poor air quality alerts or burning bans, bonfires cannot be burned.

Alki Beach Park
1702 Alki Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 684-4075

Alki Beach Park is located in west Seattle between Alki Point and the Duwamish River head on Elliott Bay. This popular park offers pathways to walk, beaches to explore, and fantastic views of downtown Seattle. This is the second park in the city that allows bonfires. These fires can only be burned in designated pits, and it’s first come, first served. Fire size is limited to two feet high, and using “clean” or store-purchased wood. The beach is patrolled to ensure the rules are being followed. The park closes at 11 p.m. During poor air quality alerts or burning bans, bonfires cannot be burned.

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
2021 N.W. 190th St.
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 801-2700

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is located north of Seattle in the city of Shoreline. This park is a great place to view a spectacular sunset over the Olympic Mountains, enjoy playing in Puget Sound and eating a picnic. Bonfires are allowed in the park in the designated fire pit. Dogs are allowed on leash throughout the park, and it is a great place to enjoy nature. Visitors need to bring “clean” or store-purchased wood for fires. The park closes at dusk. During poor air quality alerts or burning bans, bonfires cannot be burned.

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Lighthouse Park
609 Front St.
Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 263-8180

Lighthouse Park is located in the seaside community of Mukilteo, and is 30 minutes north of Seattle. The Whidbey Island ferry leaves from Mukilteo, just north of the beach. The beach is a great place for a picnic dinner, throwing a frisbee or wind surfing. There are several fire pits next to the beach for a bonfire, and visitors need to bring “clean” or store-purchased wood. The park contains a boat launch, restrooms, covered picnic areas and easy access to the beach. The park closes at dusk. During poor air quality alerts or burning bans, bonfires cannot be burned.

Saltwater State Park
25205 8th Place S.
Des Moines, WA 98198
(360) 902-8844

Saltwater State Park is located just south of Seattle in Des Moines. The park offers scuba diving on a man-made reef, picnic areas, beach combing, camping and hiking. Bonfires can be lit in the park in designated pits. The reef is designated as a Marine Sanctuary. Visitors need to bring wood to burn, not use driftwood. This park requires a fee to enter. During poor air quality alerts or burning bans, bonfires cannot be burned.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at

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