San Juan Islands National Monument

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San Juan Islands National Monument

The new San Juan Islands National Monument, designated by President Obama in early 2013, encompasses roughly 1,000 acres of BLM land within the San Juan Islands. Visit a lighthouse or a historic cultural site. Go fishing or sea kayak between islands. Spend the night at a campsite or go for a scenic hike.

What can I see and do at the San Juan Islands National Monument?

  • Sea Kayaking
    Head out for an overnight sea kayaking adventure and camp at Blind Island. More info.
  • Visit Cattle Point
    Probably the most photographed lighthouse and point in the San Juans, Cattle Point is worth the visit. Open during the day only, you can go hiking, enjoy a picnic, and fish. More on Cattle Point
  • Whale Watching
    Turn Point is one of the best places to view orca whales. Take the day or the weekend to check out Turn Point, and the lighthouse, on Posey Island.
  • Hiking
    Head to Iceberg Point, along the south side of Lopez Island, and enjoy a number of hiking trails that offer stunning views of the rugged shoreline.
  • Visit Watmough Bay
    On Lopez Island, the remote and protected Watmough Bay is great for a day trip. Sea kayak or hike in and enjoy a picnic or view wildlife. More on Watmough Bay.

Where is the San Juan Islands National Monument?

The San Juan Islands National Monument encompasses all BLM managed lands within the San Juan Islands. Look at a map of the islands and anything that is marked as BLM land is now within the National Monument. To reach the San Juan Islands, take a ferry from the Anacortes Ferry Terminal to any island that you want to visit.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Visit the San Juan Islands National Monument website or call the Spokane District Office at 509-536-1200.

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