Amazing views. Constant orca sitings. Clams, oysters, fishing. Tons of stuff to do at this small park.
Small county park on the shore of Haro Strait on San Juan Island with only 20 sites plus a hiker/biker/kayak site. I hate paying a reservation fee and prefer to stay flexible without reservations, but reservations were strongly recommended and upon arrival, it appeared all sites had been reserved/occupied. Most sites have varying degrees of a water view but little privacy between them. Very proactive recycling program with clear instructions about what is accepted. This was appreciated; as we travel around the country, the rules are different everywhere we go. The ranger appeared to be living on-site. We did a sunset kayak tour and advantage was that the tour company met us at the ranger station at the park; I highly recommend doing this. We were very lucky as we saw whales! A bit pricey for no showers or hookups but the location can’t be beaten.
The campground location is beautiful. The sites and bathrooms are clean. There aren’t many camping options on the island, so overall it’s a great place to camp. There is pretty much zero privacy in the sites, even site 18, where we stayed for a few nights. We also stayed in sites 6 and 8. Site 18 requires a very small tent and is so close to the water there were many mosquitos even in cold May. But, it’s got a gorgeous view and is away from the other sites. Next time we go we will try for 18 again, or sited 15&16 combined.
On west side of island so sun sets are beautiful 😎
Such a nice campground with access to beaches and gorgeous sunsets! Bathrooms were nice and the campground was pretty quiet. Great place to launch your kayak. There was a small camp store for amenities.
We loved it here! Great views, sunsets, and wildlife. Small campsites that are pretty exposed to neighbors but it is a small campground so it doesn't get too bad. San Juan Island is amazing, we loved our time here!
Great little campground on the water. Pods of orca swim by all day. Reservations are a bit hard to get, make sure to try to stay in the off season after school gets back in. The only complaint of this park I have is quiet time is at 10PM, which I am fine with being quiet but you have to have your fire out at 10PM. Basically you are told to go to bed. Wildlife more than made up for it, seals, foxes, deer and whales. If you want to get closer to the orcas check out Maya's Legacy Whale Watching.
Friday Harbor is famous for whale watching and views of Olympic National Park and Vancouver. You have to take a ferry to the island so you don’t need a boat (but it’d be great to have one, kayaks included). The campground itself has very large grassy sites with west-facing water views for great sunsets. The kids enjoyed exploring the beach and the big grassy areas where they could play games. There are good hiking trails nearby but we didn’t take advantage of them. Clean but basic with no showers but real bathrooms. There’s a tiny grocery store on the island, but I’d get on the ferry with a full tank of gas and all you think you’ll need. There’s a lot of ship traffic which I think adds interest, but you may be annoyed if you’re looking for remote nature experience…but orcas!
Located on the western shore of San Juan Island, this little campground offers one of the few camping options on the island. The facilities are clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. There is a great kayaking launch and many companies use this area to start their trips.
The sites area small and rather crowded, there are about 6 cycle, paddle or walk in sites. The views of Haro Strait are breath taking and make up for the cramped quarters. Orcas are often seen just off shore before high tide.
There are flush facilities but no showers. Showers are available at Roche Harbor marina about 11 miles away – these are some of the fanciest public pay showers we’ve ever seen.
Cost: $32 – $40 /night
San Juan Island Washington Is THE Emerald Gem of this state!! If you ever want to find heaven on earth this is it!! We took the Prince II to the San Juan Islands where I got to see Orca Whales off the coast!!