English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Summer Schedule
The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily through September 1. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.
American Camp Visitor Center on Summer Schedule
The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 1. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m More »
Brief American and English Camps Visitor Center Closure
The American and English camps visitor centers will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 27. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Lakes and Ponds
A small freshwater pond and three salt-water lagoons comprise the major surface water resources in the park. The largest freshwater wetland (.31 acres) is located along a hiking trail between Jakle’s Lagoon and Third Lagoon. It consists of a tiny pond whose surface is covered entirely with small duckweed. The pond is surrounded by a bit of marsh and is shaded by Douglas-fir and western redcedar. Many logs are floating or embedded in the substrate. Because of its small size, the pond is extremely sensitive to the fluctuations in moisture in seasonal cycles.
While little is known about Third and Old town lagoons, Jakle’s has been the focus of extensive studies of marine organisms undertaken by the
Jakle’s Lagoon is the largest and most hydrologically and biologically productive of the three possibly because of the interaction between salt and fresh water. Fluctuations in the salinity of Jakle’s Lagoon may indicate subsurface fresh water inflow. Since there are no active or intermittent surface channels (creeks) flowing into the lagoon, any freshwater input is dependent upon direct precipitation, intermittent runoff, or groundwater discharge. It is possible that groundwater is entering the lagoons via aquifer interception. If significant amounts of groundwater are regularly flowing into Jakle's, Third and
Did You Know?
The San Juan Islands have one of the largest populations of nesting bald eagles in the nation's lower 48 states. One pair has been nesting above the American Camp visitor center since 1995. More...