Doe Island Marine State Park is a quiet 7-acre marine moorage and camping park with 2,049-feet of saltwater shoreline just southeast of Orcas Island. Accessible only by boat, the park features views of the Salish Sea and the surrounding mountains and islands. Sitting just southeast of Orcas Island, the park is part of the larger Sucia group of islands. A cove on the northwest side of the island is a historic cultural site where American Indians constructed a canoe haul-out. The park features two pocket coves suitable for beaching kayaks.
The park had five campsites, each with a table and stove. There is one vault toilet and a loop trail on the island. Camping fees are in place year-round. Campers must self-register and pay fees at the bulletin board / pay station.
When I think of the perfect camping island for a sea kayaker, few could come close to Doe. This tiny island just off the south east side of Orcas Island, just south of Doe Bay is simply spectacular. With no dock and hardly any beach, it makes landings a challenge, but oh, so worth it. The best / only approach is on the east side. The views of the Rosario Strait, Lummi, Cypress and Blakely Islands, even Mount Baker on a clear day, are stunning.
The current will be moving through this area at almost all phases of the tide so make sure you know what’s up with the water.
There are only about 4 camping sites on the island, 1 well maintained composting toilet, but no fresh water. However, Doe Bay resort is a quick ten minute paddle away and offers the luxuries of food, hot tubs, sauna, showers, and a calendar of events including music festivals, in a down to earth, hippie-vibe way. So check out their information so that you can plan accordingly, to either go or stay away from the resort as you wish.
Cost: $12 /night