San Juan Island Camping

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If you are planning a trip to visit the breath-taking San Juan islands and considering where you should stay, one of the best options may actually be to camp! There are a ton of incredible places to camp on the San Juan Islands, in Washington, all of which are super cost effective and full of places to explore. Here, we will be delving into the incredible beauty that the San Juan Islands have to offer, along with some of the most gorgeous areas that you may seek to camp out at!

West Beach Resort

One of the finest places that you can take advantage of camping at on San Juan Island is the West Beach Resort. Here guests have found themselves enjoying camping since the 1930s. All of the campsites allow you the opportunity to enjoy the stunning beauty of the island while also being incredibly close to any and all of the amenities that you may require. All of the sites at West Beach Resort have fire pits and picnic tables, and you can be opt to select from a shaded area or a sunny spot (or a little of both!), and you can be sure to find a private location to your liking! There is additionally a clean shower house located nearby, and the beach, the general store and the marina are all conveniently located within walking distance.

Lakedale Resort

The Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island is the prime camping getaway for families and couples alike. You can select from roughing it style tent camping to “glamping” in a more modernly comfortable canvas tent or if you perfect something a little bit more relaxing you can select to choose to stay in one of the on-site log cabins or the gorgeous lodge. Camping at Lakedale Resort is available from between early May through September 30 and it will provide you with the unique opportunity to be able to experience firsthand the resorts 82 acres of unmatched beauty while you enjoy your camping stay on San Juan Island. The campground is located a mere four miles north of the Friday Harbor ferry landing and just four miles south of the Roche Harbor Marina. At Lakeside Resort you and your family will be able to enjoy several swimming areas, and a ton of rental activities like stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and paddle boats! And for the fisherman, you can even be able to take in all the fishing your heart desires in the lakes that are fully stocked trout and bass.

Camping in San Juan island in the lap of nature

Camping in San Juan island in the lap of nature. Photo by Rene

Moran State Park

Commonly referred to as “the Gem of the San Juan Islands”, Moran State Park (located on Orcas Island) is the perfect location to be able to get in all of the outdoor adventures that you can handle, all in one incredible location. Moran State Park provides you with the opportunity to be able to enjoy fishing, kayaking, hiking and of course, camping, all in one prime location! Moran State Park provides visitors with dozens of campsites. There are three separate campsites of which are located at the northern, the central, and the southern shores of the crystal clear Cascade Lake that can comfortably accommodate groups of all sizes. And all of the campsites are adjacent to clean restrooms that even have showers!

Spencer Spit State Park

Located on Lopez Island of the San Juan Islands is the Spencer Spit State Park. This historical location is excellent for experiencing all of the majestic, natural beauty and historical significance that the San Juan Islands provide visitors. Spencer Spit State Park is one of the few state parks within the San Juan Islands that is accessible by vehicle and not just ferry. Spencer Spit is famous for clamming, crabbing, and saltwater fishing, along with bird and wildlife watching, boating diving, and swimming. And hikers will be thrilled to be able to take advantage of the ever present hiking trails in the area. Whether you choose to go bare-minimalist, or pack up the RV and boat, Spencer Spit State Park is the perfect location for anything you are seeking.     

LEANTO: Camp Orcas

LEANTO offers a ton in terms of providing campers with the ultimate “glamping” experience. And that is precisely why if you are seeking the opportunity to be able to take advantage of all of the stunning beauty that can be found in the Moran State Park on Orcas Island you will certainly not be let down. Camp Orcas provides guests with over 5,252 acres of uncharted territory that includes over 30 miles of hiking trails, 5 flawlessly fresh lakes and 5 glamping sites for you to be able to enjoy some rest and relaxation in mother nature’s perfect hideaway.

San Juan islands are ideal for camping

San Juan islands are ideal for camping. Photo by BLM

What to Pack

If you are hitting the great outdoors, you will undoubtedly want to ensure that you have everything carefully planned out to avoid the hassle of having to drive miles into the nearest town (or worse have to take the ferry!) in the event that you forgot something. Here, we have comprised a list of some of the top items that you will want to be sure that you bring with you on your next camping trip to San Juan Island:


Eating and Drinking Essentials

Personal Items

Navigational Tools

Camp Necessities:


There is so much to do when it comes to getting outside and back to the basics that only a genuine camping excursion can provide. The memories you make are unforgettable and the fun you will have is plain and simply unmatched. And when you opt to plan your next camping vacation, be sure to consider San Juan Islands, you will most certainly not be disappointed!

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