Point Defiance Park

5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98401

This 765-acre park is a popular destination for more than 3.1 million people each year. Natural forest, saltwater beaches and spectacular views offer numerous possibilities for recreation, education and communing with nature.

Point Defiance Park Off-Leash Demonstration Area - Approximately 7 acres located in the former Madrona Day Camp area on Five Mile Drive south of Fort Nisqually. The roadway and waterfront bluff area are fenced as well as about 1/8 acre area for smaller dogs. There are 3-4 parking spots right in front of the off-leash area entry gates. You can also park at the Fort Nisqully picnic area and walk along the road to the south or on Mildred Street at the back where Camp Six used to be and walk down the utility road to the west until you see the off-leash area sign.


Art and Artifacts

Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling

Drinking Fountain

Environmental Education

Gift Shop


Parking Stalls

Parking Stalls / ADA

Restrooms / Seasonal

Restrooms / Year Round

Trail / Hard

Trail / Soft



Meeting Space

Party Room

Picnic / Drop in

Picnic / Reservable

Weddings / Rentals


Boat Launch / Drive Up

Boat Launch / Walk Up

Boat Lockers

Fishing Pier

Display Garden

Lake / Pond

Natural Areas

Puget Sound

Stream / River



Off Leash Dog Park

Playground (5-12 yrs)



Open 1/2 hour before sunrise

Close 1/2 hour after sunset

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