San Juan Islands History & Museums: American Camp, San Juan Island Washington

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American Camp

From American Camp you can gaze across the Straight of Juan De Fuca at the majestic Olympic Mountains. Wander across golden windswept fields and along over five miles of beaches and rocky outcroppings. Read More

What can I see and do at American Camp?

American camp has so much to offer. The landscape varies from thick evergreen forest to prairie, all within sight of the water. There’s also plenty of wildlife. You’ll have a good chance of spotting deer and foxes on the open prairie and maybe even a pod of whales close to shore. 

  • Find your own sunny picnic spot. 
  • Relax on a deserted beach. 
  • Get some height with a short hike along an open ridge. 
  • Learn about the Pig War and other unique Island history.

Where is American Camp?

American camp stretches over hundreds of acres of partially wooded shoreline at the southern point of San Juan Island. To get here from downtown Friday Harbor take Spring Street up to Mullis, and turn left. Mullis will become Cattle Point Road, which will lead you all the way to the Park. This would be a lovely bike ride, but there is also plenty of parking if you drive.

When is American Camp open?

The park is a day-use area only, so it is open from dawn to dusk all year long. The visitor center is open 8:30-4:30 Wednesday through Sunday, from September through June. Between June and September the hours are slightly longer and it’s open all week.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

The friendly Park Staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have. They can also take reservations for large group events. 360-378-2240.