Council considering ending camping at Shaw Island County Park

Shaw Island County Park, the approximately 53-acre park located about two miles from the ferry landing, has 11 wooded campsites next to Indian Cove. The campsites are the only overnight accommodations on the island since vacation rentals and other commercial facilities are not allowed under the county regulations for Shaw Island.  Camping may end as the San Juan County Council is considering changing the park to day-use only.

According to the Council, the park operates $50,000 in the red each year. 


San Juan Islands National Monument Management Plan ready for public comment

The 317-page San Juan Islands National Monument's Proposed Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement is now available online. It is now ready for citizens to submit protests and comments. 

A PDF of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found here. The FAQs cover rules about shooting, camping, islands that are off-limits, and much more. 


New Washington State Parks Foundation website helps you find your favorite parks

The Washington State Parks Foundation has launched a new website at with added features and resources that make it easier than ever for people to connect and share their experiences as they discover all the picturesque and unique parks the Evergreen State has to offer.

Columbia Hills State Park


42-year-old temporary Visitor Center closed; construction due to begin on new American Camp Visitor Center


San Juan Island National Historical Park has closed the double-wide trailer that has been used as the  American Camp Visitor Center for the past 42 years. The site is being prepared for construction of a new, permanent facility. The old Visitor Center which served millions of visitors over the past four decades will be replaced by a  new permanent facility built to greet visitors with state of the art exhibits.

The temporary American Camp Visitor Center that has been used for 42 years. Photo from Park's website


Funding obtained for Agate Beach Road rerouting

The San Juan County Public Works Dept has secured the funding necessary to relocate the MacKaye Harbor Road around Agate Beach County Park on Lopez Island. This re-route will move the road away from the deteriorating shoreline, protect the shore from further damage, increase safety for drivers (both residents and visitors), all while maintaining public access to the county park and the Monument at Iceberg Point.


Special programs commemorating 160th Anniversary of Pig War set for August 22-25

A series of special programs will be presented from August 22 – 25, 2019 to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the 1859 Boundary Crisis known as the “Pig War.”  The peaceful actions in response to the crisis ensured that no national battlefield need to exist and that diplomacy is always the best action forward. San Juan Island Historical Park staff and volunteers will present  activities at English Camp, American Camp and the San Juan Island Museum of Art. 


National Park Service and San Juan Islands Museum of Art present special Artist-in-Residence exhibition

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – The National Park Service and the San Juan Islands Museum of Art are presenting a special exhibition of the park’s Artist-in-Residence, Linda Hyatt Cancel. The exhibition features 18 original pieces of work of American Camp and English Camp in commemorating the 160th anniversary of the “Pig War” boundary dispute between the United States and Britain in the summer of 1859.

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