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Due to recent precipitation and cooler temperatures, the burn ban has been lifted for San Juan, Odlin, and Shaw County Park campgrounds. County Parks asks that the public exercise great care with all flammable items.

If warm, dry weather returns, a campfire ban may again be imposed.


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.


Shaw Park boat ramp will close for repairs after October 1 (REVISED DATE)

The Boat Ramp at Shaw County Park will be closed after October 1 for repairs. Please make other arrangements to launch or retrieve your boat.

If you would like to volunteer for this boat ramp repair project or have materials you could donate to help out, please contact Shaw Park staff at (360) 468.4673 or shawpark@interisland.net.

Thank you.


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.

Members of a local order of nuns operated the ferry landing at Shaw Island every day for over 27 years, rain or shine. They've now moved on, and new faces greet ferry travelers.

Aside from narrow, empty roads and Arcadian beauty, a small grocery store at the landing, and one park & campground at sandy Shaw County Park, Shaw Island has no commercial amenities. Shaw has an area of 7.7 square miles. Population is 165.

To read a local newspaper article (Journal of the San Juans), about the history of the park, click here (Adobe® Acrobat® file).

Shaw Island Parks

Day Use and Camping Shaw County Park
Shaw Park beach campsite

Shaw County Park Features

Approximately two miles from Shaw ferry landing
Beach access and boat launch
60 acres, 11 camp sites
Part of the Cascadia Marine Trail system
Group Camp
Picnic tables, fire rings, firewood (extra charge)
Water, vault toilets (NOTE: The park water system is shut down during winter, and there are no other sources of running water available on the island. Bring your own water supply.)
Picnic area and shelter

Shaw County Park Map

Click here to see a campground map.

Click here to see brief descriptions of the campsites.

Fee Schedule (Shaw Island)

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. NOTE: DURING WINTER, THERE IS NO DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE AT SHAW COUNTY PARK.

Overnight Camping – Spring/Summer Rates
(fees are for April 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015)

Campsites - maximum 6 people/site*
 (except as noted below)

Fee pays for:


Standard Campsite #7

up to 4 people/1 vehicle


Standard Campsite #8W (walk-in)

up to 4 people/NO vehicle


Choice Campsites # 1-6, 10, 11

up to 4 people/1 vehicle



extra child (5-11 years)



extra adult (12+ years)



1 extra vehicle (maximum 2/site)


"Care to Share" site #9     

Holds maximum of 10 people

Adults $6
Ages 5-11 $4

*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

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