Orcas Island

Explore Orcas Island

Your exploration of Orcas Island may take you to the quaint hamlets of Deer Harbor, Westsound, Orcas and Olga. The commercial center of the island is Eastsound Village, on the north end of the island. The population is clustered in tiny havens where you’ll find hand-crafted works of art created by island artisans, small restaurants, and espresso stands featuring locally roasted coffee.

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.

Eastsound Waterfront Day Park

  • Beachfront Location
  • Picnic Tables
  • Portion of the park can be reserved for private events, email Parks staff for more information regarding events.

Eastsound Village Green Day Park

  • Public Restroom
  • Performance stage
  • Centrally located in shopping district
  • Picnic tables

Gratitude for Oddfellows’ Volunteerism

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

Camping on Orcas Island

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.