Sucia Island State Park - Jewel of the San Juans

Rate this Adventure Sucia Island, Eastsound, Washington, United States

  • Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking, Hiking, Diving

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  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Cliff Jumping

Sucia Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Washington State's San Juan Island group. It's a true geologic wonder and has a colorful history of smuggling and early settlers.The island has several beautiful bays, beaches and views. It's easy to find protection for your boat and your camp from almost all wind directions by moving to one side of the island or the other.There are hiking trails, beautiful sand and gravel beaches and views from every angle. Once you get there you can hike, fish, kayak, SUP, or just chill on the beach.The entire island is a state park with boat access only. Most of the 60 campsites are first come first served. The entire island is a state park with boat access only. Most of the 60 campsites are first come first served.The park has 60 campsites, four reservable group camps, four picnic shelters, potable drinking water at Fossil Bay early April through September, Echo Bay and Shallow Bay May through September and composting toilets.

We left Washington Park in Anacortes by private boat in the evening and made the 22 mile run to Sucia Island in less than an hour. The seas were smooth as glass and we caught the sun setting just as we pulled into the largest bay, called Echo Bay.

To our surprise there were several camp spots available right on the beach. Echo Bay doesn't have a dock so we beached and unloaded 5 peoples gear onto the beach and humped it up to our site about 100' away.

We brought a kayak and kayaked around the bays the next morning. If you come over on the water taxi, you can bring a bike or a kayak to explore the island or just hike the trails.

On the way out we went to the West Beach store on Orcas Island and saw some Orca whales on the way home!

What a great trip!

Pack List

Private boat or water taxi from Orcas Island get there.Orcas Water Taxi:

This is a typical state park setup with fire ring and picnic tables but it is an island with no power. There are toilets, no showers.

Bring:TentSleeping bagLanternHeadlampsFoodWater may or may not be availableFirewood (Watch for Burn Bans)FoodSun blocktowelswim suit

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