Parks

In 1859 an American shot an Englishman's pig which kept breaking through a fence and rooting in his potato patch. This incident erupted into the Pig War, an international dispute over whether Great Britain or the United States owned the islands of what is now San Juan County.

From 1860-72 both countries occupied the island - the American Army at American Camp and the Royal Marines at English Camp. The Pig War was conducted in a very civilized manner at conference tables with final arbitration by Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany awarding the island to the United States.

Thus the only casualty of the war was - one pig! And that's the story behind the island's two largest parks, American Camp and English Camp (also called British Camp).
SAN JUAN ISLAND NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK


AMERICAN CAMP


SOUTH BEACH


FOURTH OF JULY BEACH


MT. FINLAYSON - NATURE TRAIL


ENGLISH CAMP


SAN JUAN COUNTY PARK


CATTLE POINT LIGHTHOUSE


EDDIE & FRIENDS DOG PARK

EGG LAKE

  • Day Use Only

  • Fish and Birdwatch

  • No Facilities

  • Dock and Launch Ramp on Egg Lake Road

  • No gas motors

JACKSON BEACH

  • Picnic and go wading, Sandy beach, play volleyball, skimboard.

  • Day Use Only

  • Boat Launch Ram

LIME KILN STATE PARK - WHALE WATCHING SITE

  • Hike trail to lookout points - see the displays describing whales, porpoises and dolphins .Walk the high bank trail to Lime Kiln Lighthouse and return on a path under fir, cedar and madrone.

  • Day Use Only - High rocky banks - no beach

  • Drinking Water

  • Picnic Tables

  • Privies

REUBEN TARTE PICNIC AREA

  • Roadside parking - walk down steep trail to a pebble beach.

  • Day Use Only

  • No facilities

SPORTSMAN'S LAKE

  • Launch ramp on Roche Harbor Road only access to lake - Fish or birdwatch.

  • Day Use Only

  • No facilities

TURN POINT PARK

  • Launch kayaks/canoes only - carry from the parking area.

  • Day Use Only

  • No facilities

EAGLE COVE BEACH PUBLIC ACCESS

  • Park at trailhead off Cattle Pt. Rd. - walk to beach.

  • Day Use Only

  • No facilities

WESTCOTT BAY SCULPTURE PARK

  • An exhibit of over 100 sculptures

  • 19 open acres

  • Available for Wedding and Events

  • Located next to Roche Harbor Resort