Dockton Forest and the adjoining Glacier site, located on the south shoreline of Maury Island, are part of King County’s growing regional park system. A protracted 13-year battle against the multi-national corporate owner of the Glacier gravel mine site finally resulted in a community victory with the acquisition of the property in 2010.
The now-protected mile of undeveloped shoreline is recognized as one of the most important forage fish areas in Puget Sound, providing critical food supplies for south Sound’s resident orca pods and for Chinook salmon. It is a favorite scuba diving spot and an excellent beach walk. The intact uplands forested portion contains one of the largest contiguous madrone bluff ecosystems that remain in Puget Sound and provides critical water recharge to a federally designated sole source aquifer supplying clean drinking water to thousands of people.