Shaw Island

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***UPDATE 7/23/20***

San Juan County Parks will be operating at 50% capacity through at least August 25, 2020. We do not have a date by which we will open at 100% capacity.

​​ If you have a reservation for a CLOSED site that starts on or before August 25, your reservation will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund. You do not need to cancel your reservation online. Please be patient, it will take some time to process refunds. ​​ If you have a reservation for a CLOSED site that starts on or after August 26, your reservation will be held through your reservation dates in case we are able to open to 100% capacity during your stay. Our cancellation and refund policies during this 50% capacity phase are listed below. ​

Cancellation/refund policy during our 50% capacity phase 

 • If you have a reservation for an OPEN site, and you need to cancel, our standard cancellation policy will apply: If you cancel 30 days or greater prior to the date of arrival, there is a 25% cancellation fee; 3-29 days prior to the date of arrival, there is a 50% cancellation fee; less than 72 hours in advance the reservation becomes non-refundable. The reservation fee of $9.00 is non-refundable. You can self-cancel reservations for open sites online. ​ ​​

• If you have a reservation for a CLOSED site, for dates during the 50% capacity phase, please know we cannot transfer your reservation to an open site due to our current policy, and limited staffing. ​ 

​​• If you have a reservation for a CLOSED site that starts on or after August 26, and you need to cancel now to make other plans, please contact us at parks@sanjuanco.com and include the details of your reservation in your email. We will refund your reservation in full. ​ ​ 

​• We will hold all reservations for CLOSED sites that starts on or after August 26, in case we are able to open all campgrounds at 100% capacity. ​
​ ​• If you are a Canadian citizen with a reservation for any site, and cannot use your reservation because it is for dates when the Canadian/US border is closed, please contact us at parks@sanjuanco.com, and you will be refunded in full.

Shaw County Park 50% Capacity Campsite Status

Open: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8W, 9 (Hiker/Biker 4 people/ 2 tents total)

Closed: 2, 4, 7, 10, 11


About the Island


Members of a local order of nuns operated the ferry landing at Shaw Island every day for over 27 years, rain or shine. They've now moved on, and new faces greet ferry travelers.

Aside from narrow, empty roads and Arcadian beauty, a small grocery store at the landing, and one park and campground at sandy Shaw County Park, Shaw Island has no commercial amenities. Shaw has an area of 7.7 square miles. Population is 165.
To read a local newspaper article (Journal of the San Juans), about the history of the park (PDF).

Shaw County Park - Camping


The park is open year 'round! From March-October 15, the camping reservation system is in effect and reservations are recommended for camping in April-October. Hammock tents are allowed only in campsites #2-5, 7, 8, & 10. During winter (November 1-March 31), all sites are on a first-come, first-served basis only and fees and services are reduced. Note: during winter, there is no drinking water available at Shaw County Park. Firewood is not guaranteed to be available (we sometimes have a difficult time sourcing seasoned wood!); check at Park office. 

Due to the small size of Shaw Park, RVs or trailers are not advised. Vehicles up to 20 feet in length and 9 feet in height (total dimensions, including bumpers, bike racks, spare tires, roof pods/racks, and pop-up roof) are accepted in the designated parking space for each campsite; parking space may not be level. Please plan accordingly.

Shaw Park map


View the map to see park features and campsite locations.

Shaw Park 2020 SUMMER Fee Schedule - prices valid April 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020

Campsites - maximum 6 people/site (unless noted)
Fee pays for:
Price/Night
Standard Campsite #7
up to 4 people/1 vehicle $27.00
Standard Campsite #8W (walk-in)
up to 4 people/NO vehicle $27.00
Choice Campsite # 1-6, 10, 11
up to 4 people/1 vehicle $33.00

extra child (5-11 years) $6.00/each

extra adult (12+ years)
$10.00/each

1 extra vehicle (maximum 2/site) $12.00
Walk-In Camp - No vehicles in park
Care-to-Share site #9 - Holds max. 10 people
one person
Adults (12+) $10.00
Age 5-11 $8.00
Special Events - only by prior
arrangement
Refer to Special Event Policy; e-mail Parks Office
parks@sanjuanco.com or call 360-378-8420
per policy
Overnight Parking One vehicle $12.00

Shaw Park 2020 WINTER Fee Schedule - prices valid January 1, 2020-March 31, 2020

Campsites - up to 6 people per site Fee pays for: Fee/night
Campsite #1-8W*
*No vehicles allowed for #8W
up to 4 people/1 vehicle
*site 8W is walk-in only
$25.00 per site
Extra person 12+ years old
5-11 years old
$7.00 per person
$3.00 per person
Extra vehicle
*No vehicles allowed for #8W
1 car (maximum of 2 vehicles per site;
4 vehicles in Group Camp)
$10.00 per vehicle
Walk-In Camp - No vehicles in park
Care-to-Share site #9
12+ years old
5-11 years old
$9.00 per person
$4.00 per person
Overnight Parking One vehicle $10.00 per night

Extra charges apply for extra vehicles and extra people

All prices valid January 1, 2020-March 31, 2020 and are subject to change without notice. Other rates and charges apply to group camp, commercial users, and day use events.

Extra charges apply for extra vehicles and extra people

All prices valid April 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020, and are subject to change without notice. Other rates and charges apply to group camp, commercial users, and day use events.

Important Information for Ferry Travelers to the San Juans


Washington State Ferries (WSF) accepts vehicle reservations for some routes in the San Juans. You can find more information on this reservation system and make your ferry reservations online.
Click to access Ferries website

Shaw General Store open year 'round!


The Shaw General Store (located at the ferry landing on Shaw Island) features groceries as well as lots of nice gift items and other finds. Days and hours vary seasonally. There are no other stores, shops, cafes, restaurants, or other visitor services on Shaw Island. Plan accordingly and pack your ice chest with goodies on your way to visit Shaw County Park!