Camping Information

*Weather Advisory: October 13-16*

Please check current weather alerts for the area before considering a trip to the islands.
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.

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.

Commercial/Group Operators
All commercial operators are required to obtain a 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 Friday preceding Memorial Day to Labor Day Monday 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 will attend a short educational presentation on whale watching regulations and 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.