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Established Camping

San Juan Island Campgrounds

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National Forest

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

A nice combination of sun and shade, this campground offers exploration of the North Fork of the Skykomish river when you're not sitting by the campfire roasting marshmallows.

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Location

San Juan Island Campgrounds is located in Washington

Detail location of campground

Directions

Drive US Highway 2 to just west of milepost 50. Turn north on Beckler Road (Forest Service Road 65) toward Beckler River Campground. Stay on Forest Service Road 65 for 15 miles to its junction with North Fork Skykomish (Forest Service Road 63). Continue for 2 miles heading west on Forest Service Road 63 and the campground will be on the__left side of road.

Coordinates

47.888889 N
121.366667 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Unknown
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Available

Site Types

  • Tent Sites

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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Bryce C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2023

Off the Grid

Car passed by once every few hours. Very private and quiet. Says first come first serve but some sites had reservation signs. Unsure how to reserve

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of San Juan Island Campgrounds by Bryce C., August 24, 2023
  • Review photo of San Juan Island Campgrounds by Bryce C., August 24, 2023
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JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2022

North Fork of the Skykomish river

Quiet and scenic along the North Fork of the Skykomish river.

First come first served.

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Month of VisitOctober
Amanda M.
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2018

PNW Coastal HEAVEN

Camping at San Juan County Campground was one of my all-time favorite camping experiences! First of all - San Juan Island, WA, is gorgeous! We took an early ferry from Anacortes, WA, to Friday Harbor. Downtown Friday Harbor is very charming with lots of restaurants, art, and shops, so we spent a couple hours in the morning meandering downtown. Before heading to the campground, we got some sandwiches in Friday Harbor, and took them with a bottle of wine to Limekiln Point State Park to see if we could spot any resident orca whales passing by. And we DID!!! According to the researchers at the Whale Museum (located in the lighthouse at Limekiln Point SP), the orcas that we saw were the first resident orcas spotted that season!

The drive around San Juan Island is beautiful, and we were not disappointed when we saw the campground! While I usually prefer to camp in densely wooded areas, the more open layout of SJC campground was great because of the stellar ocean views! The campground is essentially on a cliff overlooking the ocean, and while each site has its own picnic table, we rarely sat at it - we would walk our meals out to the picnic tables on the meadow/lawn overlooking the Salish Sea and the distant Canadian shores across the Haro Strait.

After checking in and setting up camp, we were able to see the orca whales for the second time that day! When we saw them around noon, they were traveling northwest up the coast, so when we saw them later that night from the campground, they were returning down the coast, southeast. Seeing the orcas up close that morning and from our campground around sunset was the highlight of that road trip, and we saw a lot of cool stuff in the miles between Santa Barbara, CA, to Vancouver Island, BC, and back.

There are a lot of neat things to see and do on San Juan Island. We enjoyed visiting Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm and the San Juan Vineyards - some of their white varietals are grown right there on the island! The Whale Museum is a must see for anyone interested in sea life and the local orca populations. We did not go whale watching nor did we go on the kayak whale watching trip that we had hoped to do, but that’s all the more reason to visit the island again! And I will definitely camp at San Juan Country Campgrounds again, it was a magical little campground.

Oh - because it is tiny, and because SJC Campground is the only public campground, you have to reserve a site months and months in advance, because they do fill up quickly in the peak seasons!

I cannot say enough good things about our visit to San Juan Island and our stay at SJC Campground….I look forward to the next time we can make it back!!!

P.S. Go visit Mona the camel (yes, a real camel!) and learn her story from the folks over at the San Juan Vineyards - she even has her own wine labels!!!

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of San Juan Island Campgrounds by Amanda M., August 2, 2018
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Ana T.
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

Great place to camp if you can get a space

We wanted to to kayaking in the San Juans and this was definitely a great way to go for our overnight stay. Just be sure to book early. Facilities were well maintained and it was a great site.

  • Review photo of San Juan Island Campgrounds by Ana T., September 29, 2016
  • Review photo of San Juan Island Campgrounds by Ana T., September 29, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there cell phone reception at San Juan Island Campgrounds?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is available.