North Steilacoom Beach, sometimes also referred to as Sunnyside Beach, is a lovely small-town escape in Steilacoom, Washington, with lots of shaded green space leading up to a small, narrow beach. It's on 1,400 feet of shoreline with views of the surrounding shores in the distance, including the various islands situated within the inlet.
On a clear day, you can also see the Tacoma Narrows Bridge over the Sound. There’s barely a spot in the park where you can’t see the water, and the beach itself is quiet and secluded from the downtown. However, this little gem is well-known with the locals, so it can get crowded on the weekends.
Before you reach the beach, the park offers several attractive amenities, including restrooms and showers, a volleyball court, kayak rentals, benches, picnic areas with grills, and a playground. Activities on the beach include shell collecting and underwater diving, as the site is known as a perfect spot for beginners to practice their emerging skills, the water being free from obstacles, rough currents, or difficult entry. Keep an eye out for the marine life, such as crabs and jellyfish.
Do note that there is a $5 parking fee for non-residents and alcohol is prohibited in outdoor areas. There are also railroad tracks on the property, which should be observed with caution. No vehicles should ever be near, on, or crossing the tracks, though you will need to cross them on foot.
When bringing your dogs to visit this Steilacoom beach, be sure to bring a standard leash of six feet or less, as well as all other necessary canine outing items, such as a portable water bowl, extra water, and supplies to clean up after your pet. As always, remain respectful of other park-goers and do not allow your dog to approach other people, children or other dogs unless invited.