Camping Information

Camp in designated campsites only

No camping is allowed in San Juan County, other than in places set aside and posted for such purpose. There is no camping in County Day Parks or on Land Bank property. Please read below for information on established County campgrounds.

Campsite Fees, Maps & Helpful Park Info

Please refer to an island's specific San Juan, Lopez or Shaw page for campsite maps, fees, information on RV Camping and additional charges. There are no County Campgrounds on Orcas Island.

Fees for extra people and vehicles apply (listed in fee tables per park). Please ensure that you know what our fees are before you make your plans. You may want to leave that extra car behind or reserve a 2nd campsite.

Off-Season Campsite Closures

During winter and spring, some campsites may be closed by park staff, due to wetness. We wish to preserve the quality of all campsites and we want you to have a pleasant experience. Sites will reopen when conditions allow.

Ferry Travelers!

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has begun accepting vehicle reservations for some routes in the San Juans. We strongly encourage ferry reservations! If you do not make it to your campsite because you did not make a ferry reservation, we cannot refund your park fees!

Check In/Out

Check-in time is 2 p.m., check-out is noon.

Group Camping Reservations

Organized groups will be accommodated in special group camp areas on a space available basis. In order to minimize adverse impacts, large groups (more than 40 people at Odlin, 30 at San Juan, 15 at Shaw County Park, or 100 at the County Fairgrounds) cannot be accommodated at any of the parks from Memorial day weekend to mid-October, or surrounding the annual County Fair. Groups must email the Parks & Fair Department or call 360-378-8420 to reserve space in advance, beginning on January 9. Arrangements must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to group stay, please allow ample time.

Commercial/Group Operators

All commercial operators are required to obtain a commercial use permit from the Parks and Recreation Director to use any San Juan County park for a business-related purpose. For those who are in the business of providing services primarily to tourists and park visitors, please refer to our Commercial Use Permit Program. Permits are generally valid from the date of issue to the end of the calendar year. Park use without a valid permit is grounds for immediate denial of use privileges. Call the Park Administration office at 360-378-8420 for information. Arrangements must be finalized at least 2 weeks prior to group use, please allow ample time.

Special Events

Several of our parks are available for non-recreation events such as (but not limited to) meetings, weddings, birthday parties and receptions. Please email or call our main office at 360-378-8420 to make arrangements.

San Juan County Park Vessel Launch Permit

From the 2nd Friday in May through the last Sunday in September of each year, all vessel operators launching from San Juan Park with the intention of leaving the immediate cove area must have a valid permit. 

To obtain a permit, vessel operators attend a short educational presentation on whale watching regulations & guidelines and pay the applicable permit fee. Vessel operators agree to follow prescribed whale watch guidelines and regulations.

Vessel operators who return annually may attend the training every other year upon presentation of the previous year’s permit to park staff.