San Juan Island

County Parks Closed to Camping

By order of the San Juan County Council and in the best interest of the public and our staff, all four County Parks are closed to camping until May 30, 2020. This action was taken on Monday, March 23, in an effort to flatten the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE: Further guidance has caused us to extend the prohibition on camping in the four County campgrounds. Individual camping reservations for arrival between now and June 30 at any of the four San Juan County Parks campgrounds will be cancelled with full refunds given. Please have patience with us, as we have many reservations to work though! No new reservations for these dates will be accepted until further notice. Also, there will be no group camping in any of the parks in 2020. We hope for all our camping to resume normal scheduling in 2021.

At the present time, Day Parks and day use are still open, though we ask all visitors to please follow CDC guidelines for 'social distancing'. Some restroom facilities may be closed and there will be no drinking water available in any of the parks. Visitors are encouraged to bring TP and hand sanitizer, as some of our supplies have been pilfered.

For mainland folks contemplating a visit to the San Juans during this pandemic, including day trips, please do not! This is not the time to risk further spread of this disease. The health and safety of our island communities is our highest priority. The request is based on San Juan County Health officials' recommendations and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's statewide order for everyone to stay home for two weeks beginning March 25.

We appreciate your understanding and efforts to keep our communities safe from the spread of this viral infection.

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.

Hammock Tents not allowed at San Juan County Park

Hammock Tents are not allowed in San Juan County Park (San Juan Island) campsites. While we recognize that some manufacturers are prudent in their design and application and respectful of the environment, there are many who are not. Other traditional tents are, of course, still allowed in any of our park campsites. Hammock tents are allowed in specified sites at Odlin and Shaw County Parks; please use the designated trees. If in doubt, ask Park staff. When reserving your campsite, please read the campsite description carefully and select a site appropriate for your camping equipment.

Vessel Launch Permit Policy for San Juan County Park suspended for 2020

The annual program that has operated from the 2nd Friday in May through the last Sunday in September, requiring all vessel operators launching from San Juan Park with the intention of leaving the immediate cove area to have a valid permit has been suspended for 2019. It is expected that all vessel operators familiarize themselves with best practices for vessel operations around endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales and other marine life. You can learn more on this topic from Be Whale Wise.

San Juan Park map

View the map to see park features and campsite locations.

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

Campsites - maximum 8 people/site Fee pays for:
Standard Campsites #2-14, 17, 19-20
Up to 4 people/        1 vehicle $38.00
Choice Campsites #15,16
Up to 4 people/        1 vehicle $48.00
Premium Campsite #18
Up to 4 people/         1 vehicle $54.00
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 $13.00 (12+ yrs) $6.00 (5-11 yrs)
Overnight parking one vehicle $22.00

Extra charges apply for extra vehicles and extra people.

All prices valid April 1, 2020 thru October 31, 2020 and are subject to change without notice. Other rates and charges apply to Group Camp, Commercial Users, & Day Use Events.

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

Campsites - maximum 8 people per site Fee pays for: Price/night
All Upper campground sites #2-20 up to 4 people/1 vehicle $30.00
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 $18.00

Extra charges apply for extra vehicles and extra people.

All prices valid January 1, 2020 thru March 31, 2020 and are subject to change without notice. Other rates apply to Group Camp, Commercial Users, & Day Use fees.

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.

Fairground RV Campsites

Located less than a mile from downtown Friday Harbor, the San Juan County Fairgrounds offers 8 RV camping pedestals. Nightly rate is $45 per site. Each pedestal is equipped with water and power hook-ups, 20/30 AMP. No sewage hook-ups*. Restrooms including showers, are available with your reservation upon check-in. 10 day maximum stay in a 30 day period. During the winter months, some amenities, such as restrooms facilities, may not be available. Please call the Parks & Fairgrounds Administrative Office for more information (360)378-8420. *Waste Disposal Station: Located across the street from the Town of Friday Harbor waste management facility at 375 Tucker Avenue, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.


Fairgrounds Airstream

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

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.

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.

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

There is no camping allowed at County Day Parks or on Land Bank property. Day parks are available for daytime activities onlyvisitors should exit the park prior to darknessFires or open flames are not allowed in County Day Parks.