The largest and hilliest of all the islands, Orcas provided summer shellfishing grounds for the Lummi Indians until the settlement years of the 1800’s. Farming, fishing, and logging eventually became the primary areas of commerce, but remain so for only a few of today's residents. Orcas has an area of 56.9 square miles. Population is about 4,900. To view a calendar of upcoming events on Orcas Island, click here. The Parks Department worked in concert with Orcas Open Arts and Stage on the Green to craft an amazing performance stage in the Village Green in downtown Eastsound. The facility is now completed and available to rent. Contact us at 378-8420 for details.
San Juan County Parks sends a HUGE THANK YOU to Oddfellows members Fred Klein, Robin Kucklick, David Turnoy, Eric Morris, and Larry Paluzzi for their work restoring the Village Green grass. Fred and Robin organized the project, taking advantage of a stretch of good weather after some significant rain. The group spent two days aerating, fertilizing, spreading three large truckloads of new topsoil and mulch, seeding, and rolling our Village Green lawn. All in an effort to recondition the turf after a dry summer and heavy use by the Saturday Market and other community activities.
With more rain following, it was a perfect time of year to get new seed to germinate before winter. The team encourages all village goers to take note of the signs:
“…all we are saying…is…GIVE GRASS A CHANCE
While there are no COUNTY parks with camping on Orcas Island, Moran State Park (the only public campground on Orcas Island), is home to Cascade, Twin and Mountain Lakes, and Mt. Constitution, the highest point in the islands (2,457 feet), where your view will extend from Vancouver, B.C. to Mt. Rainier. Contact Washington State Parks for further information, 1-360-902-8844.