Peace Over War

San Juan Island is well known for splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig.

Ranger and park visitor using binoculars.

Plan Your Visit

Things to see and do while you explore the park!

A sandy beach and blue skies.

American Camp

American Camp is located on the southern end of San Juan Island.

Orange flowers in bloom in a historic garden.

English Camp

English Camp is located on the northwest side of San Juan Island.

Volunteers reenact peaceful resolution.

The Pig War

Learn how individuals and nations can resolve disputes without resorting to violence.

Color photo of a black fox in a field

Wildlife Viewing Regulations

A Fox photographed responsibly at American Camp

Visitors enjoy sun at the beach.


Find out how to get permits for picnics, weddings, filming, and other special events.

Last updated: April 13, 2022

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P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor , WA 98250


360 378-2240

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