Sunrise Beach Park

Sunrise Beach Park


Sunrise Beach Park is an 82.0-acre scenic site with 2,135 linear feet of shoreline. The beach provides access to a popular scuba diving destination. With a breathtaking meadow and some of the best low tied viewing in the area. This park is a must-visit for a picnic or family outing.


Park Description

Developed Areas:The 6.0 acre beachfront portion of the park includes designated parking areas, 6 picnic tables, day-use areas, 2.0 miles of walking trails and forest paths with views of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, and beach access to the 2,400 linear foot shoreline on Colvos Passage.

Undeveloped Areas: There are 5 separate land parcels separated by public roads. Most of the property is located on the plateau between Sunrise Beach Drive and Moller Road. The plateau property consists of meadow with views of the Puget Sound and dense woodland stands with a wetland swamp.

Park Features

General

Dogs on Leash, Trails, Unmarked Forest Pathways

Picnic

Picnic Areas with Tables

Sports

Swimming, Scuba Diving, Fishing

Buildings & Venues

Sanicans on site

Natural Features

Views of Puget Sounds, Vashon Island, and Mt. Ranier, Waterfront, Wetlands / Swamp, Wildlife

Additional

Unpaved Parking

History

Most of what is now Sunrise Beach Park was homesteaded and purchased by the Moller brothers,
Rudolph and Henry in the 1890’s. The original homestead was gradually divided up among the many members of the Moller family. In the early 1970’s, the idea of setting aside portions of the spectacular waterfront for public use was discussed. The Moller family felt strongly that the public should have access to the water and areas of scenic beauty.

In 1974, the park’s establishment began with Gerhard Moller’s donation of 12 acres and 724 feet of
Waterfront property to Pierce County Parks. The county also agreed to purchase the adjoining 17 acres and 360 feet of waterfront owned by Hubert and Julia Moller. In 1982 Rudolph Jr. (Rudy) and Ruth Moller donated 13 acres above the beach parcel to Pierce County Parks, with 2 acres reserved for a life estate. Rudy and Ruth Moller exchanged the 7 acre wetland parcel in 1985 to Pierce County Parks in exchange for property of equal value.

In 1986-87 Doc Weathers died and willed 33 acres of adjacent property to Pierce County Parks. His wife, Lucille, subsequently signed the community property agreement allowing the land to be donated using the Doc Weathers’ name, thereby further enlarging the park.

In January of 2011, Pierce County Parks transferred the entire site known as Sunrise Beach Park to the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District. PenMet Parks continues to operate and maintain the park consistent with the wishes of the Mollers and Weathers for all the public to enjoy.

The property is one of PenMet Parks’ waterfront sites for use with non-motorized watercraft that have been adopted into the state’s Cascadia Marine Trail and supported by the Washington Water Trails Association.

Park Rules

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Download Leash Regulations (PDF)

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