Dating san juan islands washington
There was a long line of cars creeping back from the dock, but I rolled my bike past them onto the ferry, claimed space on the deck just as the ferry set sail, and watched Mount Baker and the rest of mainland Washington recede into the distance.
The San Juan Islands are an archipelago of 172 islands at the top of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, off the coast of Washington state.
The dock is 64-feet long and provides 128-feet of overnight moorage. Latitude: 48º 44' 56.98" N (48.7491) Longitude: 122º 50' 53.87" W (-122.8483) Rolfe Cove on Matia Island offers six campsites, a sandy beach, one picnic site, and a composting toilet. Open fires are not permitted on the island, even in the campground. Please consult the campground bulletin board for current information.
Dock removal begins in October and installation begins the end of March. Boats must self register and pay moorage fees at onshore bulletin board / pay station. There is no drinking water available on the island. For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Stay there, or camp a bit farther down the coast at San Juan County Park.
All the campgrounds on the islands have spots for bikers, so you’ll always have a place to put up a tent.
Camas bulbs were harvested on Matia Island, as well as several other adjacent islands. Juan Pantoja y Arriaga, first pilot on Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza’s 1791 expedition to chart the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca, named the island Mal Abrigo, Spanish for “poor shelter.” Eilza allegedly changed the name to Isla de Mata, but the name does not appear in his written accounts of the voyage.
This island features an interior walk under an evergreen canopy, on a fern-edged trail.
The ferry docks at Friday Harbor, which is the biggest and busiest town in the islands.
Have lunch at the Market Chef or one of the food trucks on the dock, and then bike north to Roche Harbor, a tiny resort town that looks like a European seaside village.
In Eastsound, get in line at Brown Bear Baking to score pastries, or head to Hogstones for wood-fired pizza. To work that food off, climb to the top of Mount Constitution, in Moran State Park, which is the highest point on the islands.
From there you can see all of the roads you’ve traveled.
There’s a local pod that spends a lot of time there, so you can usually catch the whales breaching the water.