Deception Pass State Park spreads north and south of the high bridge that spans the pass — a total of more than 2,000 acres and 14 miles of dramatic shoreline. It’s the most heavily used state park in Puget Sound, with camping and picnic areas, an extensive trail system, and lakes and beaches. You can [...]
This 90-acre, year-round park north of Schoolhouse Point rises above a narrow beach, its waterfront limits bounded roughly by a launching ramp to the north and a pier with a float to the south. From the water, the park seems densely wooded and undeveloped. Ashore, cedar-shadowed trails and roads wander through ingeniously sited recreation and [...]
The sleepy community of Dockton was once a busy shipyard, with the first dry dock in Puget Sound large enough for sailing schooners. As land travel became easier, and especially after the Navy built its own yard in Bremerton, the industry here began to fail. A smaller ship-building operation continued through World War I. Today [...]
The end of summer, when the crowds have thinned out, is a perfect time to visit the historic, picturesque resort of Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.
The city of Anacortes is centered on the northeast tip of Fidalgo Island, bordered by Fidalgo Bay and Guemes Channel. Once the site of many canneries — this was the largest cod fishery on the west coast in the early 1900s — its most visible industry now is the oil refinery on March Point. Tankers dock at [...]
Everyone I’ve met feels the same about Cypress Island. It’s their secret, an unspoiled getaway that embodies much of what the San Juan Islands used to be: heavily wooded, quiet, remote. Both nature and design keep it so. Steep terrain, scarce water and the lack of ferry service discouraged the residential or commercial development that’s common elsewhere.
One of the most beautiful passages in all the San Juan Islands is Wasp Passage. Narrow and twisting, it lies between Shaw and Orcas, its swirling currents winding around the small islands that take their collective name from the passage itself. All of the Wasp Islands are surrounded by reefs. All are either National Wildlife [...]