This is an amazing campground. You cannot best Moran State Park. It is the perfect mix of seclusion, scenery, activity and town. Hiking, biking, swimming, canoe rentals. We had a spot right on the water with a very shallow area for about 20 yards out. My 2 year old spent the entire weekend wading around the shallows. Visit Mt. Constitution, walk around the lake. So much to do. We didn’t even get around to the boat rental or group swim area. We did make reservations at Rosario resort for dinner one night, too. That was a great bonus. Awesome food and didn’t stick out as campers crashing a resort. Well maintained amenities at the campground. Wildlife all over, only the geese were obnoxious. I cannot say enough good things about this campground. Only bummer is that it is a long trip to get from from anywhere and the ferry is not cheap.
It’s right above the main road and a freshwater lake. It’s pretty steep, sprained my ankle right before the trip. They were very helpful at the entrance and gave me a lower site. It was full but still seemed private. Close to town, trails, and oysters!
We enjoyed our stay at this campsite, but do note it is on the opposite side of the island from the ferry terminal, so you need to drive there. We stayed in our tent and got to explore the island from the campground. There is lots to do in the campground including kayaking and hiking. I recommend going into town to explore the shops and taking a day trip to Friday Harbor!
The midway campground is right off the road. There wasn't much privacy but there are showers and toilets. Close to lots of hikes and waterfalls. There is a place to rent boats and what not at the lake that is right across the street. Overall, it is a nice campground. I'm wondering if the north or south sections might be a little more private.
We stayed here in site 65. It was just fine, since we didn't book early enough to get a Southend site (we booked in Feb for end of August.) We would stay in the site again if we had our choice at midway. We had a view of the lake and it was more private than most sites (which isn't that private though), close to the bathrooms and the boat launch.
If there is one spot i'd recommend, out of all of the camping on the ferry-served san juan islands, it's Moran State Park, on Oracas Island. We stayed in the Mountain Lake section of the State Park, and it was amazing. Secluded. Quiet. Beautiful. This would be a tough spot to camp during a busy weekend however as the spots are super close, but it's worth it. We camped mid week in May and had the campground to ourselves. It was heavenly. The lake is placid and clear, there were NO mosquitos at all. FYI: Cell coverage is spotty, verizon's coverage was nonexistent, but the ranger had at&t and said she had some coverage. There is a pay phone just up the road in case of emergencies. The Cascades Lakes campground looks more suited to resort camping with showers, a lake with boat rentals, and a small store, but i much prefer the Mountain Lake section. Bring a paddle board, or a canoe, or your hiking shoes, and leave reality behind for a few days or weeks. : ) The hike that goes around mountain lake is spectacular. Moss, old growth trees, creeks to cross, wildflowers, and best of all, if the campground is empty, you'll have the hiking trail to yourself as well!
Lakefront camping in the middle of orcas island. Just a beautiful spot to get away from it all but still be a short drive from incredible food! Jump off the bridge, midnight skinny dipping, star gazing galore, deer spotting or beach combing. This spot has everything you need!
Visited Moran State park on Orcas Island because one of my friends had been before and thought it was pretty neat. The park itself is on the eastern half of Orcas island, part of the San Juan island archipelago. The island has a fun vibe, and is located in the rain shadow of the Olympics so we had great weather. We camped on a lake that had easy trailhead access to the peak of Mt. Constitution, a easy/moderate hike with excellent views. At the summit there is a tower with information on the natural and human history of the island. All in all a fun place with great variety - The sound, lakes, and peaks. The only problem is expense. The ferry ride over and back is gonna run you $80 per car.
I've been to Orcas a few times now and have stayed in a variety of places - cabins, inns, and now camping in Moran State Park. And I can tell you, out of all of them, this is THE BEST way to really get "away from it all".
If you are lucky (or reserve early) you can get a nice tent spot right on the lake. Each site comes with a firepit and picnic table.
While there, make sure to do some hikes in the park, the best being to hike up to Mt Constitution. (note people drive up there but what fun is that!) You are also about 15 minute drive from the main part of Orcas for a dinner out as well.
Few tips: Book early, especially in the summer months. Campsites go fast. If driving over on the ferry, arrive really early (at least 2 hours before) if you do not have a reservation. Or now there are reservations which can be worth the extra $$.