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This time of year always brings out the flying pests – yellow jackets and wasps want to share your space!

Here are some tips for reducing impacts from these social wasps:

  • Wasps are especially aggressive around food, so keep foods (including pet food) and drinks covered or put away and keep garbage in tightly sealed garbage cans. Once food is discovered by wasps, they will continue to hunt around that location long after the source has been removed.
  • Plan meals for before sunrise or after sunset. Wait to serve food and drink until people are ready to eat. Examine glasses, cans, and other containers before drinking from them to check for wasps that may have flown inside. If a wasp flies to your food, wait for it to fly away or gently brush it away. If only a few yellow jackets are bothering your activity, ignoring them or capturing them with a net and crushing them may be sufficient.
  • People are most often stung in late summer, when wasp colonies stop breeding new workers; the existing workers search for sugary foods and are more likely to come into contact with humans.
  • If you get stung, baking soda or meat tenderizer pastes are popular home remedies. If you know you are at risk of severe reaction to a wasp sting, bring your personal medication.
  • If you see a wasp nest, please let park staff know.

Please don’t bring your own traps! Park staff is actively working to manage the problem.


Due to extremely dry conditions, a burn ban is now in effect at all San Juan County parks and campgrounds. At this time briquettes may be used in designated fire rings and propane cook stoves are allowed for cooking. County Parks asks that the public exercise great care with all flammable items. Also, remember that personal fireworks are banned in all of San Juan County.

County Parks will issue an update if the situation changes.


Washington State Ferries (WSF) has begun accepting vehicle reservations for some routes in the San Juans.You can find more information on this reservation system and make your ferry reservations at http://www.takeaferry.com. You can return to the Parks home page for a link, too.

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.
San Juan Island 
		County Parks


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 tables, beach and boat launch. Click here to read about the park's "colorful, rich" history. (Adobe® Acrobat® file).

Special consideration for walk-in Site #18 at San Juan County Park: Only two passenger vehicles are allowed to park near the entrance to the campsite-- NO campers, camper vans, RV's, or trailers of any type will be allowed if you are using site #18; please select a site designated for RV's. As a safety item, vehicles must be parked at least five feet (5') from the edge of the park road. Click here to view photos of the site parking area and entrance to tent area.

San Juan Island Day Parks

For driving directions go to Frequently Asked Questions
Day Use Only Reuben Tarte County Park*
*Remote parking. No fires, trailers.
Day Use and Camping San Juan County Park
(overnight camping, too)
Day Use Only Turn Point County Park
Day Use Only Eagle Cove County Park

San Juan County Park Features

Orcas (Killer Whales) often swim past during the summer San Juan Park campsites
Gravel beach, boat ramp
12 acres, 20 campsites
Hiker/Biker/Kayaker camp area
Group Camp
Part of the Cascadia Marine Trail system
Picnic tables, fire rings, firewood (extra charge)
Water, flush toilets
Small picnic shelter
Located on the west side of the island, equidistant from Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor

San Juan Park Map

Click here to see a campground map.

Click here to see brief descriptions of the campsites.

Fee Schedule

The park is open year 'round with reduced fees and services during winter (November 1-March 31), when all sites are on a first-come, first-served basis only. 

(fees are for April 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015)

Campsites Campsites Campsites maximum 8 people/site* Price/night

Standard Campsites #2-14, 17, 19-20

up to 4 people/1 vehicle


Choice Campsites #15, 16

up to 4 people/1 vehicle


Premium Campsite #18

up to 4 people/1 vehicle



extra child (5-11 years)



extra adult (12+ years)



extra vehicle (max. 2 vehicles/site)


Hiker/Biker/Kayaker site (rates are per person)

up to 20 people/NO vehicles

$10.00 12+ yrs;
$5.00 5-11 years

*extra charges apply All prices valid thru October 31, 2015, and are subject to change without notice. Other rates and charges apply to Group Camp, Commercial Users, & Day Use Events.

Winter fee schedule

Do you have more questions? Visit Camping or FAQ!

Ron's Sunset

In memory of Ron Abbott ~ May 30, 1950-July 8, 2006
(photo courtesy of David Neiwert)