Camp McKean Recreation Area

Kitsap Public Health District issued a cyanobacteria warning for Kitsap Lake. The public should avoid all contact with lake water due the presence of toxic cyanobacteria - also known as blue-green algae. Until we receive a notice that the lake is safe to be in again, we will be suspending kayak, canoe, pedal boat and row boat rentals. In addition, we urge our customers to avoid fishing at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information, please contact the Kitsap Public Health District.


Camp McKean is located five miles west of Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton along the Kitsap Lake shoreline. The park is primarily for summer day use in support of Navy commands and authorized Fleet & Family Readiness patrons.

The site includes a beach, large pavilion, gazebo, upper picnic field with two shelters, restrooms, fire rings, BBQ grills, children’s playground, fishing pier, boat dock, and horseshoe pits. Boats carried from parking lot to the beach are allowed to launch, all other boats can use the public boat launch found on the south end of the lake.

Unless an area is reserved all park areas (except the pavilion) are available on a first come, first served basis. Facility reservations are made at the Bangor Recreation Center, reservation fees can be made with cash, debit or credit card.

Parking is limited, please carpool when you can.

Boat Rentals

Camp McKean offers boat rentals! Kayaks, Stand-up Paddleboards and Pedal Boats are available to rent for $15 per hour.

  • Sit-on-Top Kayaks
  • Stand-up Paddle Boards
  • Pedal Boats

Boat Rental Prices →

Rental Facilities

Pavilion (large structure) - $150
Accommodates 75 - 150 people

Upper Field - $75
Accommodates 26 - 75 people

Beach Fire Pit - $50
Accommodates 15 - 25 people

All Four Areas - $250
Accommodates 225+ people

Note: Parties of 225 or larger are required to reserve all four areas.

Early Opening of the Camp (8 am - 11 am) - $35 per hour


Reservations can be made through the Bangor Recreation Center. Call for availability and to book your event.

Bangor Recreation Center →

Reservation will be taken as follows for these groups:

  • Beginning January 22 for All Afloat Commands
  • Beginning January 29 for All Shore Commands
  • Beginning February 5 for All Other Groups (including shops, contractors, DoD civilians, retirees, etc.)

A completed reservation form and a command function fee waiver letter on official command letterhead or full payment for group area fees must be submitted to hold your reservation.

Parties of 300 or more will require an Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) plan established. The Bangor Recreation Center staff can provide contact information for security at the time of reservation.


Parking at Camp McKean is limited. The park has 72 parking spaces and two handicap spaces. Some additional parking can be arranged for command events by working with Camp Mckean staff.


Swimming is not allowed at Camp McKean.