We are located in a beautiful maritime archipelago of 743 islands (428 at high tide!) in the northwest corner of Washington State. Of these, 60 islands are inhabited and 4 (Lopez, Shaw, Orcas, and San Juan) are served by Washington State Ferries, sailing from Anacortes, Washington.
All of the ferry-served islands have shoreline County day parks and/or campgrounds maintained by the San Juan County Parks, Recreation, & Fair Department.
This video highlights the uniqueness of the San Juan Island region. For more information on stewardship read about Leave No Trace.
The mission of the San Juan County Parks and Recreation Commission is to protect, promote, and enhance our County Parks and recreational opportunities, in keeping with the natural character and beauty of the islands, for the benefit of current and future generations.
Planning to travel by Washington State ferry? WA State Ferries' Save A Spot vehicle reservations can help make your journey a smooth sailing. Reservation holders are prioritized. Limited spaces per sailing are available for drive up customers. If you don’t have a reservation, at busy times you may wait multiple sailings for a space.
Save time, gas, and money - leave your car at the Anacortes ferry terminal and cycle or walk on the ferry. Taxi and transit companies can deliver you to your desired location (except on Shaw Island). Inquire with the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau at 888-468-3701 or visit the official travel website for San Juan County.
The islands are quieter
during the off-season (October through April) and the weather can be
delightful. Community events and activities are scheduled year around.
Come enjoy the San Juans like the locals do! Enjoy more relaxed camping
and reduced fees during winter, too.
If you are interested in using any San Juan County park for a part of a commercial enterprise, as a base for a group activity, or for a special event such as a wedding, birthday party or reception, some of our parks can accommodate events. Please email the Park Administration office.
Leave no Trace
On October 7, 2014, San Juan County became the first County in the U.S. designated as a voluntary “Leave no Trace” Area as they adopted the Guiding Principles and Ethic to support Stewardship on the San Juan Islands.