San Juan Island

Camp or visit a San Juan County day park on San Juan Island

San Juan Island offers the most organized and developed visitor facilities, as well as the town and historic port of Friday Harbor. To view information on San Juan Island trails and bicycle routes, click here. For more information on San Juan Island, be sure to peruse the websites San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau for helpful information on dining, accommodations, and things to do in our islands.

San Juan County Park

is open for day use and overnight camping on San Juan Island. Reservations for Summer camping (May - September) are strongly recommended at this popular campground. See Camping for information on making reservations. This beautiful park, located on the west side of San Juan Island, includes rocky bluffs and gravel beaches that overlook Haro Strait with views to the Straits of San Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island. Most sites have water views across an open meadow surrounded by trees. Park amenities include water, flush toilets, small picnic shelter, picnic grills, picnic tables, beach and boat launch.

The park staff have the following resources and activities available in the main park office:

Junior Ranger booklets and activity sheets
Spotting Scope
Educational posters
Various books and field guides
Educational films

Also, on Friday evenings during summer, Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center holds wildlife talks in the upper Day Use field. 7pm.

Vessel Launch Permit Policy for San Juan County Park

From the 2nd Friday in May through the last Sunday in September 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 (good for one season). A permit is required with each use. To obtain an annual permit, vessel operators must attend a short educational presentation on whale watching regulations & guidelines and follow prescribed whale watch guidelines and regulations and pay the applicable fee. Vessel operators who return annually may attend the training every other year upon presentation of the previous year’s permit to park staff. You can read more about this program here.

There are no vessel rentals at San Juan County Park

Vessel rental operations are not allowed at any of the San Juan County Parks. Rental vessels may not be dropped off or retrieved by the operator at any San Juan County Park.

San Juan Park map

View the map to see park features and campsite locations.

San Juan Park WINTER Fee Schedule - prices valid November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019

Campsites - maximum 8 people per site
Fee pays for:
All Upper Campground sites #2-20
up to 4 people/1 vehicle
Extra person - maximum of 8 people in
one campsite
1 @ 12+ years old
1 @ 5-11 years old
Extra vehicle - parking is restricted to a
maximum of 2 vehicles per campsite
1 car (maximum of
1 extra vehicle per site)
Human-powered site - NO VEHICLES IN PARK
Camp holds about 20 people comfortably
1 @ 12+ years old
1 @ 5-11 years old
Overnight Parking One vehicle $17.00

Extra charges apply for extra vehicles and extra people.


All  prices valid November 1, 2018 thru March 31, 2019 and are subject to change without notice. Other rates and charges apply to Group Camp, Commercial Users, & Day Use Events.

San Juan Park SUMMER Fee Schedule - prices valid April 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018

Campsites - maximum 8 people/site Fee pays for:
Standard Campsites #2-14, 17, 19-20
Up to 4 people/        1 vehicle $34.00
Choice Campsites #15,16
Up to 4 people/        1 vehicle $43.00
Premium Campsite #18
Up to 4 people/         1 vehicle $48.00
Extra child (5-11 yrs)

Extra adult (12+ yrs)

Extra vehicle (max 2 vehicles)

Human-powered site (rates are per person)
Camp holds about 20 people comfortably
1 person  NO vehicles $11 (12+ yrs) $5.00 (5-11 yrs)

Extra charges apply for extra vehicles and extra people.

All prices valid April 1, 2018 thru October 31, 2018 and are subject to change without notice. Other rates and charges apply to Group Camp, Commercial Users, & Day Use Events.

RV Camping at San Juan County Park

If you are considering using an RV during your stay in the islands, San Juan Park has only specific sites that can accommodate RVs up to 20 feet in length and 9 feet in height--please read each site detail through our reservation system by hovering over the available site. If your vehicle is over 20 feet long, please consider the San Juan County Fairgrounds for your stay.

If you plan to bring an RV, you must select a suitable site when you make your reservation, no hook-ups are available (partial hook-ups available at Fairgrounds). Oversize RV’s/campers/trailers will be refused a campsite. If you have an oversize vehicle, please consider the County Fairgrounds for your RV stay on San Juan Island.

One RV or trailer per campsite is allowed. One towing or towed vehicle is allowed in a campsite with trailer or RV at no additional charge (when site space allows), see below for size limits.

Maximum RV Lengths in San Juan County Park

There are several options for *small* RVs/camper vans at San Juan County park*. No hook-ups available.

Site 5, 6, 7, 10, & 15: <20ft for a *single unit* RV or trailer+vehicle combination. NO RVs or trailers permitted in upper campsites 8 & 9, or campsite #18.

*Most small campers, such as VW pop-up campers can fit in any campsites at San Juan Park. Maximum vehicle size in non-RV sites is 9 feet high by 20 feet long.

Important Information for Ferry Travelers to the San Juans

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has begun accepting vehicle reservations for some routes in the San Juans. You can find more information on this reservation system and make your ferry reservations online.

Ferry Button

Featured Species of the Week

Each week, Park Staff puts together information sheets on different flora and fauna found in the park. Here are this year's featured plants and creatures:

Day Parks - San Juan Island

Be sure to visit one or more of our day parks on San Juan Island!

  **Turn Point County Day Park
  **Eagle Cove County Park
  **Reuben Tarte Memorial Day Park

Low Island National Wildlife Refuge

Low Island is a small rocky island located just off-shore from San Juan County Park. This island is designated as protected wilderness and is closed to public access. Please remain at least 200 yards away to reduce wildlife disturbances. This U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service info sheet shares more information about this sensitive marine area.