Parks, Recreation and Fair

  1. Tourism in the San Juans - A Survey of Residents and Businesses

    San Juan County is sponsoring two surveys to help guide decisions about how to handle the numbers of island visitors. Read On...
  2. You can help make this play area a reality in Eastsound!

    Eastsound Village Playground-on-the-Green Fundraising is underway to develop this unique & innovative nature playscape in the heart of the Village. Thank you to all who showed support by donating at giveorcas.org during their May 1-May 17 campaign! Read On...
  3. Make 2019 Camping Reservations up to 3 days before arrival

    Campsite reservations may be made a minimum of 3 days (new in 2019!) and a maximum of 90 days in advance of stay. Reservations are accepted from the first Monday in March through October 15 each year. 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 four (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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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.
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.

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. Park water systems will be shut down and some services are reduced November 1-March 31. Please plan to pack in in/pack it out.

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.
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