Spokane District | WA
Season Dates: 1/1 - 12/31
Fees: Cooperatively managed with Washington State Parks park fees apply
Patos Island, a wild and remote 200- acre island, is the northwestern-most point in the lower 48 states. Patos Island Lighthouse, built in 1893, stands on the western-most end of the island, providing light and reference to mariners. The mountains of Canada and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges provide scenic backdrops to this special area. Recreational activities include hiking, camping, boating, sea kayaking, watching wildlife, and viewing wildflowers along the beaches, wooded areas and at overlooks. Patos Island is very primitive there is no fresh water available on site. Keepers of the Patos Light are a nonprofit partner working in cooperation with the BLM and WA State Parks. Keepers of the Patos Light operate a small interpretive musuem during the summer weekends from June through September, based on weather and available volunteers. The BLM cooperatively manages the area with Washington State Parks. Limited mooring buoys and campsites in Active Cover are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Patos Island is only accessible by watercraft.
The park is located five miles northwest of Orcas Island in San Juan County. Patos Island State Park is accessible only by boat. There is no commercial ferry service to the park. The nearest launch sites are at Point Roberts Marina (13 miles north), Blaine Harbor (11 miles northeast), and Squallicum Harbor in Bellingham (24 miles east).