Lopez Island

Shoal Bight, Lopez Island
Shoal Bight, Lopez Island
About 1800 lucky residents call Lopez Island home. Long known for its friendly folk and their habit of waving to every passing car, Lopez enjoys sheltered bays, good parks, and a pastoral landscape. First time visitors to the little village of Lopez on the western shore, on the approach to the almost landlocked Fisherman Bay, will be intrigued with the rotting relics of old herring boats that greet boaters nervously making their first navigation along the narrow channel into the bay. Rising like giant rib cages from the tiny peninsula, they remind visitors of the once flourishing herring fishery that flourished in the San Juans.
Lopez is 54 sq. miles (140 sq. km.) in area. Lopez village is well known for its restaurants, shops, local history museum, and its coffee.
Farm near Richardson, Lopez Island
Farm near Richardson, Lopez Island
California Poppies, Lopez Island
California Poppies, Lopez Island
The island has long been a favorite of cyclists, as it lacks the hills and traffic of the larger islands, yet provides the weary with good restaurants, many places to stop and get refreshments, and two excellent parks for overnighting or picnicking. The intrepid cyclist can explore Lopez in a day. Boaters have long enjoyed the shelter and good marinas of Fisherman Bay, along with the excellent marine parks located on or near Lopez.