Parks & Shorelines

In the San Juan Islands, you’ll find it’s less a question of where’s a park than of where isn’t a park. From the 5,252 acres of Moran State Park on Orcas to more than 1,000 acres of new National Monument sites, the islands' parks offer you unspoiled natural beauty and diversity. Learn about island and U.S. history in the National Historical Parks of American and English Camps on San Juan, camp in secluded sites near the beach on Shaw, hike deep forests and rugged shoreline parks on Lopez. There's so much history and natural beauty to keep you amazed in the San Juans. 

San Juan Island
American Camp - Visitor CenterSee all information about this member
Cattle Point Rd.
Friday Harbor
(360)378-2240 x2233
American Camp, History

British and American troops jointly occupied San Juan Island from 1859 to 1871 in The Pig War standoff, while the two nations argued over ownership of the islands. U.S. Army troops lived at American Camp at the south end of the island. Today, this day-use park includes prairie, forest and South Beach, the longest beach on the island. [more...]

Lopez Island
Otis Perkins County Day ParkSee all information about this member
Bayshore Rd.
Lopez Island
(360) 378-8420
Photography by Ann Palmer - Otis Perkins Day Park

Past Lopez Village on the island’s west side, Otis Perkins County Day Park on a slender spit in Fisherman Bay. Enjoy one of the longest beaches in the Islands, nearly a mile of waterfront to explore to the north of the parking area, with great views of the San Juan Channel and the distant shoreline of San Juan. It’s also a prime spot for watching float planes land and take off from the bay. If you’re a birder, the sheltered side of the shore, a salt marsh teeming with waterfowl, will keep your binoculars and spotting scope busy. [more...]

San Juan Island
San Juan County ParkSee all information about this member
West Side Rd.
San Juan Island
(360) 378-8420
San Juan County Park - Kayaking

On the island’s west side, 10 miles from Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor, is the popular 12-acre San Juan County Park, where you can camp on the coast of Haro Strait and enjoy views of the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island. There are twenty campsites, with amenities including water, flush toilets, a picnic shelter, tables, a beach and boat launch. [more...]

Orcas Island
Obstruction Pass State ParkSee all information about this member
Obstruction Pass Rd.
Olga
(360) 376-2326
Kayaking Tours San Juan Islands

Your visit to secluded Obstruction Pass State Park, named for nearby Obstruction Island, takes you to not only the longest beach on Orcas but also one of the San Juans’ most unusual—a crescent of ocean-smoothed, marble-sized pebbles in rainbow colors. Hike in half a mile to one of the 80-acre park’s 11 first-come, first-served primitive campsites, land your kayak on Pebble Beach, or anchor out at one of three moorings. Many campsites overlook the water; vault toilets and fire pits. [more...]

San Juan Island
San Juan Island National Historical ParksSee all information about this member
650 Mullis Street, Suite 100
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-2902
(360) 378-2240
Parks San Juan Island

The San Juan Island National Historical Parks, including American Camp and English Camp, was created in 1966 based upon an idea: that individuals and nations can solve their problems peacefully without resorting to violence.  For it was here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over a pig shot by an American farmer. Actually, it was a bit more complicated than that.. [more...]

San Juan Island
South BeachSee all information about this member
American Camp
South Beach - Water View

A great place to picnic or take a long walk, South Beach in American Camp National Historical Park is the longest public beach in the islands, with views over the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Mountains. [more...]

All San Juan Islands
Washington State Marine ParksSee all information about this member
P.O. Box 42650
Seattle
(888) 226-7688
(360) 902-8844
Washington State Marine Parks - Jones Island

These island parks include Blind, Clark, Doe, James, Jones, Matia, Patos, Posey, Stuart, Sucia and Turn. They are accessible by private or chartered boat only. All have campsites and mooring buoys, some have docks. (No docks at Blind, Clark, Patos, Posey or Turn Islands.) No moorage or camping reservations are available. Fees are charged at some parks from May through Labor Day. Fresh water, where available, is limited, so plan to bring a supply. Visit their website for more information. [more...]

Lopez Island
Spencer Spit State ParkSee all information about this member
521 A. Bakerview Rd.
Lopez
360-468-2251
(888) 226-7688
Spencer Spit State Parks & Shorelines Lopez Island

Spencer Spit State Park, on Lopez Island, is a 138-acre marine and camping park.  The park is named for the lagoon-enclosing sand spit on which it rests.  There are many sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables, and two miles of hiking trails.  The park has a reputation for excellent crabbing, clamming and "car-top boating."  This is one of the few state parks in the San Juan Islands that is accessible by automobile.  See website for more detailed information. [more...]

Orcas Island
Mt. ConstitutionSee all information about this member
3572 Olga Rd.
Olga
(888) 226-7688
(360) 376-2326
Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park

Atop the 2,409-foot-high Mt. Constitution, the highest point on the San Juan Islands, there stands a stone observation tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. The tower offers panoramic views of the surrounding islands, the Cascade Mountains and a variety of Canadian and American cities. Inside the tower, a historical display shows the story of the tower's construction and the history of Robert Moran, the shipbuilder and former Seattle mayor who donated this land starting in 1911 and worked toward the development of the park, which was dedicated in 1921. [more...]

All San Juan Islands
San Juan County Parks See all information about this member
55 Second Street, #208
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-8420
San Juan Count Park, Whale Watching, San Juan Island, Outdoor Activities, Nature

San Juan County Parks provides beautiful shoreline parks on the ferry-served San Juan Islands. Campgrounds offer waterfront campsites, beach access & scenic views and accommodate tents and smaller RV's (no hook-ups; check for restrictions) for a unique "island” experience. Restrooms, picnic tables, fire-rings, picnic shelters, boat ramps. Day parks, too! [more...]

Lopez Island
Hummel Lake PreserveSee all information about this member
Hummel Lake Rd.
Lopez Island
(360) 378-4402
Photography by Ann Palmer - Hummel Lake Preserve

Located on the south end of Lopez Island’s largest freshwater lake, 80-acre Hummel Lake Preserve beautiful lakefront shoreline and a dock for fishing (but no swimming), and about a mile of trails through a second-growth forest that ends at Port Stanley Road.   [more...]

Orcas Island
Moran State ParkSee all information about this member
3572 Olga Rd.
Olga
(888) 226-7688
(360) 376-2326
Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park

Moran State Park on Orcas Island is a 5,252-acre camping park with five freshwater lakes, 38 miles of hiking trails, picnic shelters, horseback riding, boat rentals and more. Near the summit of Mt. Constitution, a gift shop and learning center operated by the Friends of Moran offers maps, gifts, cards and information about the park and its history. The park is open year-round for camping and day use, and you can reserve ahead online, or check at the park entrance for availability. Reservations necessary Memorial Day through Labor Day. [more...]

Lopez Island
Agate Beach County ParkSee all information about this member
Mackaye Harbor Rd.
Lopez Island
360-378-8420
Agate Beach County Park - View to Iceberg Point

Agate Beach is on the southernmost tip of Lopez Island, with big waves and an amazing view of the water and Iceberg Point. At low tide, a sandy beach is accessible. Donated to the County by Seth Richey in 1948, the is one of Lopez Island's most beautiful spots.  [more...]

San Juan Island
Jackson BeachSee all information about this member
P.O. Box 889
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-2688
Jackson Beach - View

Jackson Beach is a long, sandy beach just two miles from downtown Friday Harbor - 5 minutes by car, or a 20-minute walk. Take a stroll among the driftwood, enjoy a picnic, or make a bonfire and watch the sunset. A boat launch and small dock make it an easy place to get a small boat in the water.    [more...]

San Juan Island
Lime Kiln Point State ParkSee all information about this member
1567 West Side Rd.
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-2044
Winter Romance in the San Juans specials

Also knows and Whale Watch Park, Lime Kiln Point State Park is a 36-acre day-use park set on the west side of San Juan Island. The park is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from a land-based facility, with a parking lot about a 300 yard walk from the shoreline. [more...]

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