What to do in Spencer Spit State Park

This is a 129-acre park with 16 offshore moorage buoys on the 7,800 feet of saltwater shoreline along Lopez Sound. The park's main feature is a 1/4-mile long sand spit that contains a saltwater lagoon marsh. The park also contains an archeological Indian campsite (the Midden site).

The park is part of the marine parks and boat moorage system. Facility use is first come, first served, with continuous moorage limited to three consecutive nights. It is not currently a fee park but fees are subject to change. You may call (360) 753-5771 to verify fee status.

Camping facilities include 34 standard campsites (nine are walk-in sites), three emergency primitive sites, two Adirondack sites, one 10-site group camp, one 3-site group camp and one "camp host" site. There are also two reservable group-camp areas that are part of the Campsite Reservation Program.

Other amenities are three miles of road, 26 picnic sites, a four-table cooking shelter, two comfort stations, a trailer dump, and one vault toilet. In addition, the remnant of the Spencer's old house is used as a covered picnic shelter and a vintage (1913) log cabin is used as a picnic shelter.

Recreation
Recreational activities in the park include vehicle and walk-in camping, picnicking, saltwater fishing and clamming, beachcombing and bird watching.

Location
Spencer Spit State Park is located on Lopez Sound on the northeast side of Lopez Island in San Juan County. Lopez Island is accessible by boat or ferry. To get to the Lopez Island ferry terminal, visitors can take Interstate 5 to the Burlington (230) exit. Turn west to Highway 20 until you reach Anacortes. Follow the signs to the ferry landing. In the summer be sure to arrive at least two hours early to make sure that you can catch the ferry you had in mind. Call 1-800-84-FERRY for a current ferry schedule.

Climate
Washington's climate varies with each region. Spencer Spit 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
521A Bakerview Rd.
Lopez Island, WA 98261

Phone: 360-468-2251

Fax: 360-468-3176

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