Nice area to camp. Get your reservations planned early. Figure out your ferry schedule too.
Loved this campground! Lots of the spots have huge forested areas behind them. Was easy walking distance to the lake where you can rent kayaks and paddle boards or lounge on the beach. The bathrooms were clean and everything seemed well maintained.
I have camped here multiple times. It is such a great place to camp. Its tucked away in the woods. There are usually deer in the morning. So be sure to pack away food. The bathrooms are well maintained. It is well worth the hike to the lookout on the mountain. You can also drive. Such a beautiful view. The lake is also beautiful and has a great day use space for large groups. Be sure to plan ahead for the ferry ride as the waits can be long and the ferry schedule can vary. Pack in what you'll need. Shops close down early and don't carry a lot. We forgot a large pot to cook our spaghetti so we visited the local "exchange" located next to the dump. If you enjoy quirky it's definitely worth it to check that place out.
Located on Orcas Island, you need to take the ferry from the mainland. The interior of the island is beautiful & blacktail deer abound. Hike Mt. Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands. We got to see an otter at Cascade Lake.
We spent two nights here in late July and had an awesome stay! The way the campsites are tiered allows for a sense of seclusion even with neighbors on all sides.
Cell service is minimal at best in the campground and if reception is a must, you may need to drive into the nearby town. Bathrooms were clean and have coin-operated showers. Campground is within short walking distance of Cascade Lake, where boat rentals and a snack shop are nearby. We also enjoyed our hike to Mt. Constitution via the Cascade Lake Trailhead. Overall, five stars from us!
Moran state park is truly a jem on Orcas Island. While the park does not have direct access to the ocean it is on a lake. Miles of hiking trails that lead to the highest point in the San Juans, Mt Constitution. One of the most incredible views I have ever seen in the PNW. Grab a meal at the near by Doe Bay resort, you wont be disapointed!
Camping along a little lake on an island in the bay, beautiful views, swimming, boat rentals, hiking, scenic driving, lookout tower. There are a few campgrounds throughout the park and most of the campsites seem to be right along the water and shady.
There are 4 main camgrounds at Moran. Northend is close to the public beach, which has a sandy swimming area, snack bar, and boat rentals. The site is at a trailhead to walk around Cascade Lake or down to Rosario. All the sites are on a hill with very little privacy. More families here than the midway sites, I think because of the proximity to the beach. We stayed at midway site 65 and it was fine. It is close to a boat launch and small beach access good for kids to throw rocks. There are some sites on the water there with no privacy and they are all pretty small and next to the busy road. None of the ones on the other side of the road have good privacy either, but this camground seemed quieter than the northend. The Southend is totally the way to go as it is smaller and at two trailheads leading to most things you would want to hike to, and almost all the sites have their own private beach access for swimming/launching boats, and also has newer bathrooms. The Mountain Lake Campground is small, on the water, and also has no privacy, but would be fun to do with a big group (they have group sites up there not on the lake too.) You can also rent boats to use up at mountain lake. The trail there is excellent!
Moran has lots of options- campsites by the lake, in the forest, closer to the mountain. The sites by the water at midway are beautiful, but you did have to cross the main road to get to the bathrooms. We visited San Juan Island as well but Orcas was our favorite.
My husband and I went her on our first trip together and it was lovely. Pretty views and a good variety of hiking actives and landscapes nearby. A few downsides were how close together some of the campsites were and that it is a popular area.