What to do in Jones Island State Park

Jones Island State Park is a fee park encompassing 188 acres with 25,000 feet of saltwater shoreline on the San Juan Channel. Boating amenities include a 120-foot pier, a boat ramp, 12 x 120 ft. moorage floats and seven mooring buoys.

A herd of very tame deer, numerous "pesky" raccoons and five colonies of prickly pear cactus can be seen on the island, particularly along the hiking trails. PLEASE NOTE: Feeding wildlife is prohibited by law and the prickly pear cactus have been designated a "species of local concern" subject to management guidelines.

Camping facilities include 21 primitive camp sites, one water trail site, a reservation group camp area, two vault toilets, two pit toilets, and two composting toilets. Potable water is available from April through September, but seasonal droughts can influence water availability during August and September.

Facility use is first come, first served, with continuous moorage limited to three consecutive nights. Fees are charged year around. Current fees are $8 a night or $50 a year for boats under 26 feet in length. Fees are $11 a night or $80 a year for boats more than 26 feet in length. The fee for moorage buoys is $5 per night. Call (360) 753-5771 for a fee update as all fees are subject to change.

Recreation
Activities within the park include primitive camping, picnicking, hiking, saltwater fishing, and scuba diving.

Location
Jones Island State Park is located one mile west of the southwest tip of Orcas Island in San Juan County. It is accessible only by boat.

Climate
Washington's climate varies with each region. Jones Island State Park is located in an area "protected" by surrounding ocean waters and mountain ranges. Temperatures are consistently moderate, rarely topping 80 degrees in the summer and rarely falling below 30 degrees in the winter.

Annual rainfall averages 29 inches, approximately half that of Seattle. In the summer months, and especially during September and early October, the islands may go for weeks without a cloud in the sky. Snowfalls occur once or twice a year and usually total only one or two inches. Northeast winds may cause temperature extremes.

Island tides range over 14 feet. The extreme low tide of 4.0 feet to the extreme high tide of over 10 feet.

Address
c/o San Juan Marine Area
226 Roehls Hill Rd.
Olga, WA 98279

Phone: 360-376-2073


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