Camping Information

County Parks Closed to Camping

By order of the San Juan County Council and in the best interest of the public and our staff, all four County Parks are closed to camping until May 30, 2020. This action was taken on Monday, March 23, in an effort to flatten the spread of COVID-19.

Camping reservations for arrival between now and May 30 at any of the four San Juan County campgrounds will be cancelled with full refunds given. Please have patience with us, as we have many reservations to work though! No new reservations will be accepted until further notice.

At the present time, Day Parks and day use are still open, though we ask all visitors to please follow CDC guidelines for 'social distancing'. Some restroom facilities may be closed and there will be no drinking water available in any of the parks. Visitors are encouraged to bring TP and hand sanitizer, as some of our supplies have been pilfered.

For mainland folks contemplating a visit to the San Juans during this pandemic, including day trips, please do not! This is not the time to risk further spread of this disease. The health and safety of our island communities is our highest priority. The request is based on San Juan County Health officials' recommendations and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's statewide order for everyone to stay home for two weeks beginning March 25.

We appreciate your understanding and efforts to keep our communities safe from the spread of this viral infection.

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. 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

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 8, 2020. 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.

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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.