Camping Information

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​***UPDATE 9/14/20***

The San Juan County Health Officer is now allowing camping at over 50% capacity. San Juan County Parks will now honor reservations for campsites that were previously on the “closed” list. We also have a limited number of sites available on a first come first served basis for human powered arrivals and motor vehicle arrivals.

For September reservation holders:

If you have a reservation for a site that was previously on the closed list, you can now use your reservation if you would like. Please consider the following:

• If you would like to use your reservation for a site that was previously on the closed list, please contact us at for San Juan County Park reservations or for Odlin County Park reservations. Once you confirm, your reservation will be held, and our standard cancellation policy will be applied for any changes.

Standard Cancellation Policy

If you cancel 30 days or more prior to the date of arrival, there is a 25% cancellation fee; 2-29 days, a 50% fee; less than 3 days is non-refundable. The reservation fee of $9 is non-refundable.

Natural phenomena such as wildfire smoke, earthquake, volcanic eruption, and severe weather may occur in our campgrounds. If the campground is still able to provide full services (infrastructure is intact and staff is available to work), refunds are not issued for such natural disasters. Our standard cancellation policy is applicable.

• If you do not want to use your reservation for a site that was previously on the closed list, please contact us at for San Juan County Park reservations or for Odlin County Park reservations. You will receive a full refund, and your site will be opened to other campers.

San Juan County Park Previously Closed Sites

2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20

Odlin County Park Previously Closed Sites

2, 7, 8B, 10, 11, 18, 22, 23

Camping at San Juan County Parks during COVID-19

All Campgrounds

• Per Governor Inslee’s WA statewide mandate as of June 26, campers are mandated to wear face coverings at all times when outdoors in public areas (e.g. campgrounds) if social distancing of 6 feet is not possible and when visiting all indoor businesses and public facilities.

Remember to bring a mask!  Click here for Washington State guidelines for face coverings.

• Visitors are asked to bring their own masks or face coverings as well as hand sanitizer.

• We encourage visitors to bring their own hand-washing soap, preferably biodegradable.

• Be mindful of fellow campers by setting up your campsite to allow for adequate social distancing.

• If you have friends or family camping in other sites during your stay, please avoid gathering more than the maximum number of people allowed per campsite. Normally, the group camping area is available for groups of 12 or more to prevent gatherings and potential disruptions in our main camping areas. This year, all group camping has been cancelled in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

• When using park Day Use areas, please follow all social distancing and mask guidelines to protect other visitors, avoiding large group activities.

• Parks will have COVID-19 guidelines posted. Please read these signs for any updates.

• Masks are required to enter all businesses and public facilities in San Juan County.

San Juan Park Only

• Visitors will not be allowed to enter the park office; there is a check-in window to the left of the office door.

• Visitors are required to wear masks when entering the upper, shared public restroom.

Know Before You Go

• Before your trip begins, please check these websites for updates: Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)- (scroll to Latest News) and our local San Juan Island Visitors Bureau-

Summer Reservations

Camping reservations are strongly recommended during summer at any of the San Juan County Parks or Fairgrounds RV sites. Any unreserved campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis (you must arrive at the park to see if a site is available); please register promptly upon selecting your campsite. County Fairgrounds R.V. sites are not available during County Fair week mid-August.

​Online Reservations

This online reservation system will re-open for the 2020 season on Monday, March 2 at 9:00AM PST. After opening day, each day's allotment of campsites available for reservation refreshes at 10:00PM Pacific Time. Look for the orange button that says, "MAKE A CAMPING RESERVATION" in the upper left corner of the Parks webpage. Get more information on our Reservations & Cancellations page.

Fees for extra people and vehicles apply (listed in fee tables for each park and paid in the 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.

Camp, Trails

Camp in designated campsites only

Camping in San Juan County is only allowed in  approved campgrounds. There is no camping in County Day Parks or on Land Bank property. 

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.

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Check In/Out

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

CPAP Users

Our parks are primitive sites and don't provide power hook-ups to campsites. We recommend you use a battery supply for your device. 

Group Camping Reservations

UPDATE -- As of May 6, 2020, there will be no Group Camping in any of our four San Juan County Parks campgrounds in 2020. This action was taken in the interest of staff and the public's safety during the COVID19 response.

In a normal year, 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 6, 2021. 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

UPDATE - Due to COVID19, we are not scheduling any special events at this time. In a normal year, 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.

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Ferry Travelers!

Washington State Ferries (WSF) accepts 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!
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Vessel Launch Permit Policy for San Juan County Park suspended for 2019

The annual program that has operated from the 2nd Friday in May through the last Sunday in September, requiring all vessel operators launching from San Juan Park with the intention of leaving the immediate cove area to have a valid permit has been suspended for 2019. It is expected that all vessel operators familiarize themselves with best practices for vessel operations around endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales and other marine life. You can learn more on this topic from Be Whale Wise.

Off-Season Campsite Closures

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