Orcas Island is a treasure trove of adventure for visitors to enjoy, and the best part is that there’s no rush; all of the wonder and delight will be there year after year. Moran State Park is one of the best camping experiences in Washington State, with boating, hiking, and the highest views in San Juan County all within easy reach. Other parkland scattered around the island provides beach access and views of Orcas’ pastoral farmlands and mansion-dotted hills. Forested parkland is beautiful in all seasons and the waterfalls run strong throughout the spring and fall.
The waters around Orcas hold their own treasures for locals and visitors. Kayaking is a wonderful opportunity to get close to the islets and seaside cliffs that surround the island. Charter boats and whale-watching tours provide a chance to enjoy the wildlife with experienced local guides. Fishing is very popular in season and several of the smaller nearby islands have day access parks that are great for picnics. Come enjoy the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands.
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Hosts an Annual Summer Festival and seasonal concerts with musicians from around the world. Also provides music education.
Call 360-376-6636, Orcas Island
Reserve a Day Charter, Sailing the San Juan Islands, on the Classic Wooden Sloop, "Aura", a Northwest treasure. Her classic beauty, roomy cockpit, and steady speed make her ideal for day sails in the San Juan Islands. The Aura sails from Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. Steer and pull lines as much as you want. Instruction and longer trips are also available.
Full service marina with store, overnight lodging, rental cottages. Also kayak, motorboat,and sailboat rentals available.
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
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.
Located at the Orcas Ferry Landing. Bike rentals, guided tours, sales & parts.
Crewed sailing charters throughout the San Juans, Gulf Islands, the Inside Passage, Desolation Sound and the Great Bear Rainforest.
Orcas Outfitters offers outdoor clothing, footwear and gear for sports, travel, work, hunting, camping and fishing. feature brands such as The North Face, Mountain Hardware, Columbia, Prana, Merrell, Keen, Bogs, Carhartt, Red Wing, Levi's, and many more..
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
For the bird watcher in you, the Frank Richardson Wildlife Preserve is a step into an aviary of local species. â€¢ Located in Deer Harbor, on Orcas Island. â€¢ A San Juan Islands treasure.
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.
An adventure on the water awaits you! We look forward to meeting you, and welcoming you aboard the sailing vessel Tomahawk. We are family and kid friendly, or can cater to a romantic evening for two. Crabbing, fishing, and hiking are available for the adventurous. Three hour Day and Sunset Sails offered daily. Departures from Deer Harbor, Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor available.
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.
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.
Small, public access beach at the end of North Beach Road, Eastsound. Limited parking.
San Juan County Park is open for day use and overnight camping on San Juan Island. Reservations for Summer camping (May - September) are strongly recommended at this popular campground. See Camping for information on making reservations. This beautiful park, located on the west side of San Juan Island, includes rocky bluffs and gravel beaches that overlook Haro Strait with views to the Straits of San Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island. Most sites have water views across an open meadow surrounded by trees. Park amenities include water, flush toilets, small picnic shelter, picnic tables, beach and boat launch. Click here to read about the park's "colorful, rich" history.
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.
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.
Come ride with us in Moran State Park an old growth forest with fun trails to meet your needs whether you're a beginner or experienced rider. We offer 1 1/2 hr, 2 1/2, 3 or 3 1/2 hr trails for you and your family. No experience necessary, we will give you brief tips before your ride. Come and experience this beautiful old growth forest horseback. Riders must be at least 7 yrs of age to ride. Call now for reservations: 360-376-2134.
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!
Call 360-376-4708, Eastsound, Orcas Island
"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.
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.
Call 360-378-8420, Eastsound, Orcas Island
Cayou Quay Marina
Protected and convenient location in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. Permanent Moorage in the San Juan Islands.
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.
Birds to watch! For a true San Juan Islands experience, primitive and abundant, visit Killebrew Lake Wildlife Area on Orcas Island. â€¢ If you can find the limited roadside parking, you will make it to the walk-in dock access on the left.
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.
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, San Juan Island
Another world class experience is yours for the asking at the Orcas Island Skateboard Park.
Indralaya is both a sanctuary and a dynamic community engaged in an ongoing experiment in theosophical living and study. We honor and work with nature, and aspire to live according to the principles of altruism, peaceful engagement with the world (ahimsa), tolerance, conscious simplicity, love, and the pursuit of truth.
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. â€¢ A San Juan Islands County park. â€¢ Public Restrooms.
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
Offers first-class movies on the big screen; the only Video Theatre on Orcas.
Call 360-376-5724, Eastsound, Orcas Island
A longtime destination and waypoint for boaters & travelers in the San Juan Islands. "Modern dock facilities, side ties up to 120", Guest overnight docking, Electricity and potable water, High speed internet access, Fuel Dock, Laundry & showers, Beach and Pool access. Visit the Dock store for groceries, espresso, ice cream, burgers, fish and chips, beer & wine, soft drinks, ice, bait, boat stove fuel, daily newspaper, t-shirts and some produce. FREE shuttle access to ferry and shopping.
Overnight and Day camps. Leadership programs for teens. Family Camps, Conference & Retreat facilities. Outdoor Environmental Education for Schools.
Call 360-376-2678, Orcas Island
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.
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.
Call 360-376-3649, Orcas Island
Campsites, toilets, and moorings as well as beach walking and hiking opportunities.
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
Orcas Off Leash Dog Park provides a safe environment for all licensed and neutered dogs and a friendly atmosphere for owners and dogs. Open all year.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Lakeside camp and RV sites, restrooms, showers, drinking water, boat launch, and hiking trails.
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.
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
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.