There’s no shortage of outdoor and marine recreation to be enjoyed on Orcas Island. Stop in at a local business to pick up maps and brochures about Orcas Island’s unique array of activities. Explore Orcas Island on a rented bike or moped. Experience local culture at regular music and art exhibitions. Three farms provide trails for horseback riders. Mushroom hunting is fun in season. From bald eagles to sea otters, deer to raccoons and whale watching, keep your eyes open for wildlife. Come enjoy all the natural beauties of the San Juan Islands.
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Four Winds Westward Ho is a private, non-profit summer camp founded in 1927. We offer an incredible camp experience for boys and girls ages 8-16 during three sessions each summer. Activities include: sailing, horseback riding, tennis, archery, arts & crafts, gardening, sports, photography and music. Our trips program takes campers overnight to nearby islands.
Body Boat Blade....
We specialize in high quality instruction for paddlers at any skill level. Our progressive curriculum includes: fundamental skills training, surfing, rough water and tidal race paddling, leadership and guide training, navigation, expeditioning, whitewater, and private instruction.
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
Bring the whole family or group. Dawn to dusk golf in the San Juan Islands, Orcas Island Country Golf Club offers daily fees, excellent club rentals, power or pull cards, practice area, lessons available. Boutique, snack bar and fully stocked pro shop.
Located on a private island amid the unparalleled beauty of the San Juan Archipelago, Canoe Island French Camp is a non-profit organization founded expressly to introduce young people to the language, culture, and history of France, as well as give them a unique perspective on their own country.
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.
Offering sea kayaking tours for 18 years, Outdoor Odysseys in Friday Harbor, Washington focuses on specific locales in the San Juan Islands where whales and other “wonders of the world” can be seen. We’ve built a solid reputation for offering quality, hand-crafted kayak outings in one of the most extraordinary, unique marine environments in the world.
Call 360-378-3533, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
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
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
Turtlehead Trails offers private guided horseback rides & lunch rides which can include swimming &/or hiking, depending on preference. Turtlehead Trails also offers a half day & full day Horsing Around Program for children aimed at teaching basic horsemanship skills. In addition, private lessons are available for children & adults.
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
Hosts an Annual Summer Festival and seasonal concerts with musicians from around the world. Alos provides music education.
Trapshooting, sporting clays, small bore rifle and pistol. Family fun for all ages. Free instruction for beginners. Certified Range Safety Officers on all ranges. Call for information and hours of operation.
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.
A Trophy Fishing Charters
Salmon, Halibut, Longcod, and other bottom fish for a great San Juans fishing experience with all the latest fishing and safety gear.
Call 360-378-2110, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
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
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.
Your Orcas Island adventure starts here! Conveniently located near the Orcas Island Ferry Landing. We have Mopeds and Scootcars for rental by the hour or for the day, and NEW Novara Bicycles for hourly, daily and weekly rental. We also have rental cars available, please call ahead to reserve. Orcas Mopeds hosts the internet hotspot covering the Orcas Ferry Lines so you can get online while in line. Great gifts and souvenirs in our giftshop too! Reservations are recommended for rentals. Open April to mid-October, daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Please call for hours & visit our website at OrcasMopeds.com.
A discerning private collection of works by San Juan Islands' artists. From fine art to architectural follies, The Lambiel Museum features a diverse and varied collection of local artists' work including paintings, drawings, etchings, sculpture, murals, glasswork, photography and ceramics. Guided tours of the Museum and its grounds are available only by appointment. Please allow about 2 hours. A nominal donation to this non-profit Museum is suggested.
Founded by local activists in the Spring of 1999, The Funhouse Commons is a not-for-profit community center that fosters fun and learning with dozens of hands-on kid-friendly science exhibits, a computer lab, complete audio and video production studios, a library of educational films and documentaries, facilities for classes and meetings, clubs, and much, much more.
Call 360-376-7177, Eastsound, Orcas Island
Come take advantage of our Free Weights, Nautilis Machines, Group Fitness Classes, Racquetball Court, Precor Cardio, FreeMotion Functional Training Equipment, Indoor Heated Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool and much more.
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.
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.
Enjoy the amenities of Deer Harbor — fine dining, elegant lodging, boating, biking, whalewatching, fabulous bird watching opportunities & much more await you in beautiful Deer Harbor on 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.
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
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.
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
Judd Cove is a little known public waterfront area owned by the Land Bank and The Trust for Public Land. Besides the beautiful water views it also has a semi restored Lime Kiln and a trail through the forest which passes the old limestone quarry. Great place for a picnic but no camping allowed.
Lakeside camp and RV sites, restrooms, showers, drinking water, boat launch, and hiking trails.
Call 360-376-2326, Orcas Island
Moon Glow Arts & Crafts
The local source for all art supplies for kids and adults including all kinds of paints, brushes, paper, canvas, markers, pens, pencils, paint pens, scissors, calligraphy, origami, etc. Craft supplies and project kits. Scrapbooking: paper, embellishments, stickers, ribbons, adhesives, stamps, tools and more. Beads and findings, candle and soap making supplies. A great source for gifts and do it yourself projects.
Call 360-376-4994, Orcas Island
Madrona Point Preserve
Not currently open to the public.
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
The Orcas Island Historical Museum is unique in being the only object-based, interpretive heritage facility for the island, with a permanent collection comprised of approximately 6000 objects, paper documents and photographs. Call our office for open hours.
Call 360-376-4849, Orcas Island
Fitness Quest NW is a premier personal training and group fitness facility on Orcas Island. "We are not your average gym!" At Fitness Quest NW we are dedicated to improving your health and fitness through our commitment to functional quality movement. Our process of using traditional and unconventional training methods guarantees you get the workout you need in a three-dimensional format, the way your body is meant to move. Resistance bands, body weight, suspension straps, Kettlebells, Tabata. These are just some of the modalities we use at FQNW to increase your flexibility, strength, mobility, and cardio vascular health. At FQNW our motto is "Malama Kou Kino" (take care of your health), and that is how we train! Stop by and check us out, you'll be glad you did!
Cowboy UP!!! Come be a true cowboy and ride your horse on the mountain trails of beautiful Orcas Island. We have trails that cater to everyone! We have basic trails for beginners to switch back trails, great for the experienced rider who wants a challenge. So give us a call and we can set you up!!
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.
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.
Small, public access beach at the end of North Beach Road, Eastsound. Limited parking.
Bicycle sales, rentals, and repairs. Centrally located in Eastsound with expert mechanic services and friendly island-touring advice. Ride More, Drive Less, means more fun!
Learn to communicate as horses do in the wild; through eye contact, movement and touch, develop a magical bond while working with mustangs. Riders/Non-Riders
Located at the Orcas Ferry Landing. Bike rentals, guided tours, sales & parts.
"Fine Fleece, Conformation & Health". Come join in on our Alpaca fun! Have your picture taken with these gentle creatures and visit our island-farm store. From the ferry, follow the "Alternate Route to Eastsound" right off Orcas Road; then take the first left onto Dolphin Bay Road. We are the first Alpaca Farm on the right! Call for hours.
Offers first-class movies on the big screen; the only Video Theatre on Orcas.
Call 360-376-5724, Eastsound, Orcas Island
Overnight and Day camps. Leadership programs for teens. Family Camps, Conference & Retreat facilities. Outdoor Environmental Education for Schools.
Call 360-376-2678, Orcas Island
West Sound Water Sports
Let us help you design your very own Orcas Island adventure with a fully set up RV on a campsite in beautiful Moran State Park or on your own property. We connect you with the island's very best biking, hiking, shopping, music, water sports, kayaking, whale watching, custom private boat excursions and more. Call us for more details!