Shark Reef Sanctuary, Lopez Island, Washington

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Shark Reef Sanctuary

Shark Reef Sanctuary is a lovely small Park on the west side of Lopez Island. It’s a great place to look for both whales and seals. It is also one of the best places to fish from the shore.

  • Enjoy a beautiful sunset picnic on the moss covered rocky shore.
  • Look for the seals that swim and rest around the nearby small islands.
  • The walk from the parking lot to the shore is short and sweet.

What can I see and do at Shark Reef Sanctuary?

The short walk through the woods to the shore is easy enough for even very little kids and offers a good example of mature evergreen forest. Once you are near the water there is one small pebble beach and lots of bare rocky shoreline. The small island right off the coast is a great place to look for seals who like to sun there. The western exposure also makes this a great place for a sunset picnic.

Where is Shark Reef Sanctuary?

This small Park is along the west side of Lopez Island. From Lopez Village, head south on Fisherman Bay Road. Take a right onto Airport Road and then left onto Shark Reef Road. The park will be a few miles south on your right.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

The San Juan County Park Staff can answer any questions you might have. (360) 378-8420.