Plan Your Visit

San Juan Landscape View

The San Juan Islands National Monument offers world-class recreation for residents and visitors to the San Juan Archipelago. It is estimated more than 500,000 people visit the islands each year. The BLM-administered lands—approximately 1,000 acres—provide a rare opportunity for visitors to experience and appreciate, from land and sea, the natural beauty and diversity of an undeveloped island landscape. Hikers, kayakers, photographers, campers and nature enthusiasts can enjoy the variety of plants and wildlife or visit one of the three light stations on or surrounded by BLM-administered lands.


Directions to the San Juan National Monument from Seattle:

Take I-5 N toward Vancouver BC, take exit 230 for WA-20 toward Burlington/Anacortes/Skagit Airport, then turn left onto State Route 20 W/WA-20 W/Avon Cutoff, continue to follow State Route 20 W/WA-20 W, then continue onto WA-20 Spur W, at the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Commercial Ave, then turn left onto 12th St, continue onto Oakes Ave, take slight right onto Ferry Terminal Rd, continue onto Anacortes Ferry Terminal (from here take applicable ferry to the island you want to visit). The San Juan Islands National Monument office is located at 37 Washburn Place, Lopez Island, WA 98261 and may be reached by phone at 360-468-3754.

Recreation Opportunities

Blind Island

Blind Island Rec Site

Blind Island is a small, three-acre marine camping park located on the north side of Shaw Island. All of the campsites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are for the exclusive use of boaters arriving by human- or wind-powered watercarft. Recreation activities include camping, picniking, non-motorized boating, and wildlife watching. The BLM cooperatively manages the area with Washington State Parks. Blind Island is very primitive there is no fresh water available onsite. Access can be challenging due to the rocky and shallow landing. more>>

Cattle Point Rec Site

Cattle Point

Cattle Point offers sweeping vistas of rugged, sandy bluffs, San Juan Island's south shores and the Strait of Juan De Fuca. The stunning backdrop of nearby islands, the Olympic Mountains, and the Salish Sea make the Cattle Point Lighthouse one of the most photographed lighthouses in Washington State. more>>

Patos Islands

Patos Island Rec Site

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. more>>

Point Colville

Point Colville Rec Site

Point Colville is located on the southeast corner of Lopez Island, the third largest island in the San Juan Archipelago. Visitors can explore extensive coniferous and broad-leafed forests, fescue grassland, sizable wetland communities, a secluded beach, and an exposed rocky shoreline. more>>

Turn Point Rec Site

Turn Point

With its commanding view of Haro Strait and the Canadian Gulf Island and Orca Whales, Turn Point offers wonderful opportunities for photographers and visitors who appreciate nature and history. The nearby Canadian and Olympic Mountains provide wonderful scenic backdrops to this special area. The Turn Point Lightstation built in 1893, stands on the western most end of Stuart Island, providing light and reference to mariners of the Salish Sea. more>>

Watmough Bay

Watmough Bay

Watmough Bay (or Bight) is located at the southeast corner of Lopez Island. Watmough Bay and the adjoining Point Colville, support extensive coniferous and broad-leafed forests, fescue grassland, sizable wetland communities, breath-taking views, and rocky headlands, but Watmough Bay is best known for its beautiful beach. more>>

ESRI Story Maps

Story maps are lightweight web apps. They combine web maps created using ArcGIS Online, ESRI's mapping system, with multimedia content—text, photos, video, and audio—to let you know about the rich diversity of Oregon/Washington BLM's programs and places. Follow this link to interactive maps of this amazing area!