Parks, Recreation and Fair

  1. Group Camping Reservations (9+ people)

    Groups are placed in group camps on a space available basis. email or call 360-378-8420 to reserve, beginning on January 9. Read On...
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Welcome to San Juan County Parks


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. 
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Work part-time for County Parks!

Spend your summer working in the San Juan Islands, a premier scenic and outdoor recreation destination. We value employees and a team approach to making a difference with people and our park lands. If you enjoy being surrounded by natural beauty, working with the public and outdoors, one of these positions might be for you! Park Aide job opportunity.

This video highlights the uniqueness of the San Juan Island region. For more information on stewardship, learn more about Leave No Trace.
Our Mission
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.
Ferry Transportation
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.
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*Insider Tip*

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.

Cycling in the Islands?

View these great maps to plan your route.
Off Season
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.
Special Events
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.
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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.