Blind Island


Lopez Island Field Office 37 Washburn Place Lopez Island, WA 98261

48.58495, -122.93709
Blind Island is located west of the Shaw Island ferry dock and one mile south of the Orcas Island ferry dock. There are no kayak launch sites at or near either ferry docks. Boaters should approach the island from the northeast (Shaw Island ferry terminal) to access the four mooring buoys located on the south side of Blind Bay. Note the reef marker 200 yards east of Blind Island. DO NOT approach from the northwest as there is an extensive reef in that area.
Fee Description:
Washington State Park fees apply.

Blind Island

You made it to a designated site along the Cascadia Marine Trail, our Nation's longest recreation water trail! 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 watercraft. Recreational activities include camping, picnicking, non-motorized boating, and wildlife watching. The BLM cooperatively manages the area with Washington State Parks.

Know Before You Go:

  • Blind Island is open YEAR ROUND with very primitive camping; there is no fresh water available on site.
  • Access can be challenging due to the rocky and shallow landing.
  • On October 7, 2014, San Juan County became the first County in the U.S. designated as a voluntary Leave No Trace Area.

Point of Interest:

Best access to the island is at a small pocket cove at the southwest side of Blind Island (hint: look for the State Parks and San Juan Islands National Monument logo sign onshore).

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