Clark Island Marine State Park is a 55-acre marine camping and moorage park with 11,292-feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Georgia. Beaches are sandy on the west side of the island and smooth pea gravel on the east side.
This is a popular kayaking site. It provides an important camping and rest site for paddlers traversing the northern San Juan islands.
Boaters anchoring offshore or using the park moorage buoys should be aware of the strong currents on the west side of the island. The east side moorage area is subject to large waves created by passing commercial shipping in Rosario Strait.
Campsite Information The park has 15 campsites, one composting toilet, and two vault toilets. The nearest fuel and limited groceries are at Blakely Island Marina. Campsites are open year-round. Campsites 1-6 and 14 can accommodate up to eight campers, campsites 7-13 accommodate up to four campers.
Group Accommodations Campsite 15 is suitable for small groups up to 12 persons and may be reserved by calling 360-376-2073.
I recently did a solo kayak trip around Orcas Island, WA and Clark was my first stop. I've camped on this island before so was looking forward to visiting again. On September 18, I was the only person there and enjoyed an evening of humpback whales blowing in the channel to the east of me. Despite its location, Clark can be noisy as it is right on a major shipping channel and a nearby major railway hosts oil and coal trails 24/7. Still the short hikes, wildlife viewing options, etc. make it worth it. Some sites are right off the beach so land the kayak and just a short walk to the campsite.
This is yet another Washington Sate Park in their Marine Island system. Clark Island offers a nice, large rocky beach that makes it easy to beach your boats to set up camp. Like all the parks in the system, this well maintained area includes picnic tables, vault/pit toilets and plenty of room to pitch your home for the evening. If you're looking for a spot to extend a tour around the San Juan Islands, this is another great option.