• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

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  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Winter Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is closed for the season, starting September 2. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

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    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September 2 to June 6, 2015. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Telephone 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2226 for information. More »

Directions

San Juan Island is the second largest island in the archipelago of the same name, which is located in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island in British Columbia and the U.S. mainland.

The island is served by Washington State Ferries, several private cruise and shuttle craft and three air carriers. Greyhound bus and Amtrak provide service to Mount Vernon, where passengers can take local transit or taxis to Anacortes. One airport shuttle carries passengers from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport directly to the terminal several times a day. Another offers rides to and from the island once a day.

For detailed information about transportation options and directions, please click on the links above.

 
ferry in the islands
One of the best ways to enjoy the scenery in the San Juan Islands is from the deck of the ferry.
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes

British Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes immediately superseded Governor Douglas’s orders to land Royal Marines on San Juan Island, cautioning his captains only to fire if fired upon. “Tut, tut, no, no, the damned fools,” he was heard to say on first hearing of the standoff. More...