James Island State Park in Washington

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James Island State Marine Park

James Island State Marine Park is a charming park island relatively close to the mainland. The high bluffs have stunning views and the few generously spaced campgrounds offer plenty of privacy to enjoy the pristine surroundings. Read More

What can I see and do at James Island State Marine Park?

James Island has only 13 campsites, in three different locations around the Island so it feels both private and spacious. There are pit toilets but no fresh water available on the Island. There are also a couple short trails that lead through the evergreen forest to great views. 

  • Get a crabbing permit before you leave port and you could be eating some of the delicious Dungeness crab that like the water around James Island. Crab traps work great, but if the tides low try finding the crabs with your toes in the seaweed and grab them before they can grab you. 
  • The dock and mooring buoys are handy for larger boats. 
  • James Island is a great first stop if you’re heading into the San Juans from the east.

Where is James Island State Marine Park?

James Island is off the east side of Decatur Island north of the south end of Lopez. You can easily access it from Mud Bay on Lopez Island or from Orcas Island. The nearest services are on the mainland in Anacortes.

When is James Island State Marine Park open?

The Park is open year round. The few camping sites can fill up fast in the summer so make reservations during the busy season. Three of the sites are always reserved for human and wind powered craft as part of the Cascadia Marine Trail project. Part of the Island is being strictly protected to maintain the fragile ecosystem, so stay in the designated areas.

How much does James Island State Marine Park cost?

There are fees for camping and moorage that vary seasonally.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

The Washington State Parks Information Line can help you with questions and reservations. (360) 902-8844.