We Work - Serving
and Woodland Preserve
The community of
Indianola took advantage of trails and beach access through
the undeveloped Prentiss Bloedel properties for years. When
Mr. Bloedel died and the community learned that the family
was selling his prime real estate, they realized that something
had to be done to preserve this land that contributed so
significantly to the character of Indianola.
In 1997, after much lobbying from the community, the two
Bloedel properties were purchased by Kitsap County from
the Bloedel Family Trust with the understanding that the
Indianola Land Trust, now a chapter of the Great Peninsula
Conservancy, would raise half of the $1.2 million purchase
price. Through a diverse mix of fundraising efforts that
included gospel choir concerts, tours of historic cabins,
a silent auction, and a 5th grade fundraiser at a local
elementary school, the community rallied to raise $567,000
in grants, foundation and individual contributions to secure
from the county forever ensuring the use of this property
as a public open space.
The woodland preserve is comprised of acres of trees and
undeveloped walking trails. It consists of mature mixed
conifer forests and broadleaf forests crossed by a seasonal
stream that meanders down to Miller Bay.
The waterfront preserve includes public access to a beautiful
low-bank beach on Puget Sound through a serene forested
trail crossing over a tidal estuary. Pileated Woodpecker,
Cooper’s Hawk, Osprey, Bald Eagle, and Violet-Green
Swallow are among the many birds that call the area home.
Directions to Indianola:
From Bremerton, take
Hwy. 3 to the Hwy 305 S. Exit and head east toward Poulsbo.
Turn left onto Bond Rd. NE and go 2 miles to Gunderson Road;
turn right. Follow Gunderson to its end, at Miller Bay Road.
Turn Left onto Miller Bay Road. Go .2 miles and turn Right
onto Indianola Road. Drive about 2 miles until you come
to Gerald Cliff Dr NE and turn right. The properties are
directly at the bottom on NE Seaview Ave.