Orcas Island is filled with public parks of all kinds where one can experience a pastoral small town setting or explore rugged wilderness along miles of inland and waterside trails. Camping is available in Moran State Park and Obstruction Pass State Park. An abundance of public parks and public access land is available for hiking and climbing treks or for just having a small picnic on the waterfront of Eastsound. Find some rest away from the bustle of the city on Orcas Island in the beautiful, serene San Juan Islands of Washington State.
A favorite spot for Orcas Island locals, Buck park is home to the Orcas Island Skateboard park, the Orcas Island School District ball fields, and Orcas Island Parks and Recreation Saturday team hang out.
Call 360-376-7275 - Eastsound, Orcas Island
Friends of Lime Kiln Society, aka FOLKS, was formed in 2011. FOLKS is a volunteer group of Islanders dedicated to providing a unique experience for Park visitors through support & development of educational programs and activities related to Lime Kiln Point State Park’s unique location, diverse ecosystems, and historic structures. Lime Kiln Point State Park is one of the most beloved parks in the state and attracts visitors from all over the world. This Park’s precious 36 acres and shoreline contain examples of the Salish Sea ecosystem, a historic lighthouse, and lime kiln, as well as premier views of Orca whales many days of the year.
Call 360-378-5154 - San Juan Island
San Juan Islands park islands including Blind Island, Clark Island, Doe Island, Jones Island, Matia Island, Patos Island, Posey Island, Stuart Island, Sucia Island and Turn Island. Accessible by private or chartered boat only, all have campsites and mooring buoys, some have docks. Visit the San Juan Islands.
Call 888-226-7688 - San Juan County, Washington
San Juan Island is well known for splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig.
Call (360) 378-2240 - San Juan Island
Named for the large number of human remains found on the island, Skull Island is a 2.5 acre island located in Massacre Bay between Deer Harbor and Westsound. Day use only; accessible only by boat.
A 57 acre forested preserve on the coast of Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands boasting a small, state owned recreation site used for marine mammal study, kayak and small boat camping, and outdoor education through nearby Camp Orkila. Accessible only by boat.
Olga Marine State Park
Located on the coast of Olga proper, Olga Marine State Park has a public day-use dock and offers some fine crabbing opportunities in season.
Call 360-376-2326 - Olga, Orcas Island
You can’t miss Waterfront Park on your way into town from the Orcas Island Washington State ferry landing. Home to the annual Orcas Island Fourth of July Fireworks celebration and annual Orcas Island Community Bank concert.
Encompassing the Turtleback Mountain, Turtleneck, and Turtlehead Preserves. Features hiking trails which provide access to scenic views of Waldron Island, Deer Harbor, and Mount Constitution. The various preserves are managed wholly or in part by the San Juan Preservation Trust and San Juan County Land Bank and plans are underway to merge all three Preserves into single jointly managed preserve.
Call 360-468-3202 - West Sound, Orcas Island
Killebrew Lake Wildlife Area
Birds to watch! For a true San Juan Islands experience, primitive and abundant, visit Killebrew Lake Wildlife Area on Orcas Island. If you can find the limited roadside parking, you will make it to the walk-in dock access on the left.
Doe Island State Park is a quiet seven-acre marine moorage and camping park with 2,049 feet of saltwater shoreline just southeast of Orcas Island. Accessible only by boat, the park features views of the Salish Sea and the surrounding mountains and islands.
Call 360-376-2326 - Olga, Orcas Island
Orcas Island Recreation Program welcomes youth, teens, adults, and families to its year-round programs. Our programs are open to people of all experience and skill levels. We are committed to creating an environment that supports individuality, cooperation, safety, trust, and respect.
Call 360-376-7275 - Orcas Island
Orcas Off Leash Dog Park provides a safe environment for all licenced and neutered dogs and a friendly atmosphere for owners and dogs. Open all year.
Call 360-376-3173 - Eastsound, Orcas Island
Small, public access beach at the end of North Beach Road, Eastsound. Limited parking.
Eastsound Library Park
Located on Prune Alley at the base of the staircase up to the Library, Eastsound Library park on Orcas Island offers a pleasant repast between Island Market and Roses Bakery.
A nice stretch of beach located just outside of Eastsound, Crescent Beach Reserve has created a public space for all to enjoy water access on Orcas Island.
Call 360-468-3202 - Eastsound, Orcas Island
Another world class experience is yours for the asking at the Orcas Island Skateboard Park.
Campsites, toilets, and moorings as well as beach walking and hiking opportunities.
Doubles as the Orcas Island Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from May through mid October. Also features Orcas Island’s outdoor bandshell, and home to the Orcas Island Library Fair and the Orcas Island Historical Days celebration. A San Juan Islands County park. Public Restrooms.
For the bird watcher in you, the Frank Richardson Wildlife Preserve is a step into an aviary of local species. Located in Deer Harbor, on Orcas Island. A San Juan Islands treasure.
Call 360-376-2480 - Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
Madrona Point Preserve
Not currently open to the public.