San Juan Island Parks

American Camp National Historical Park

This is a great whale watching location and the site of the “almost war” between Britain and the USA (see History). American Camp occupies most of San Juan’s southern tail, and includes an information centrer, interpretive trails, two restored military buildings and some public beach.

American Camp
American Camp

British Camp & Garrison Bay, San Juan Island
British Camp & Garrison Bay, San Juan Island
British Camp overlooks Garrison Bay on the northeast corner and contains a few whitewashed buildings, neat lawns, and a blockhouse.

San Juan County Park features 19 sites in a very pretty cove and fortunate indeed are those campers who get here early enough to snag a spot. This is a popular day use area for the locals, who meet for ball games, barbecues and outings. A small lookout on the cliff provides shelter for picnickers when the wind comes off the sea or the rare rain makes an appearance.

Lime Kiln State Park, 32 acres on the west side, is another good place to whale watch while you are picnicking. It’s a day use area only.

Griffin Bay Park – Next to American Camp, this small park has pit toilets, two mooring buoys, four campsites and a picnic area

Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island
Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island
Parks and recreation areas

  • Cattle Point Beach
  • Cattle Point Lighthouse Recreation Site
  • Eagle Cove County Park
  • False Bay Biological Preserve
  • Griffin Bay
  • Lime Kiln Point State Park
  • Ruben Tarte County Park
  • San Juan County Park
  • San Juan Island National Historical Park, American Camp
  • San Juan Island National Historical Park, British Camp