American Camp Visitor Center Construction

A "Welcome to American Camp Visitor Center" sign stands in the foreground by a raised American flag before a double wide building used as the American Camp Visitor Center since 1977 Concept building rendering of the new American Camp Visitor Center with outdoor interpretive displays
Original 1977 American Camp Visitor Center Gary Tarleton
Concept rendering of the new American Camp Visitor Center building EDX

Over the past 40 years, the American Camp Visitor Center has served millions of visitors who come to San Juan Island wanting to learn about the significant historic stories that occurred here and experience the many outdoor recreational opportunities. When the double wide building arrived in 1977, the building was supposed to be a 3-year temporary facility until a more permanent structure could be built. After many years in the making; with securing funds, going through rigorous public scoping, and an Environmental Assessment (EA), San Juan Island NHP will finally get a new Visitor Center that properly highlights the rich cultural history of the area, as well as the spectacular natural setting at the American Camp.

The National Park Service will replace the 40+ year-old visitor center at the American Camp Unit in the same location with a visitor information and orientation facility designed with an exterior plaza, gathering and demonstration space and picnic areas. Other project components include expanded parking, replacement of the septic system, additional administrative campsites for park volunteers and seasonal staff, expansion of the maintenance storage area, and relocation of the visitor center entrance road.

To follow the construction progress, check out our 2019-2021 American Camp Visitor Center Construction Blog
Ariel concept view of the changes to American Camp Visitor Center area. Highlighted changes are moving access road 300 feet for safety concerns, new locations for administrative campsites, additional parking areas and bus drop off area, new septic system
Ariel concept view of the changes to American Camp Visitor Center area



Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the passport stamps located for my visit?

During the off season, Labor Day to Memorial Day, the American Camp and English Camp passport stamps are located the San Juan Island NHP headquarters office in the town of Friday Harbor at 650 Mullis Street, Suite 100. Stamps can be accessed Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.

Once English Camp becomes staffed in Spring 2020, the English Camp passport stamp will be available in the English Camp Barracks building.

The American Camp passport stamp will remain at the Headquarters location until the Visitor Center construction is completed. Periodically the stamp will be made available at American Camp and announced on our Facebook page.

How can I get a stamp if I miss the operating hours at Headquarters?

You can email or mail a request for the park to mail the requested back-dated stamps.

How can I make souvenir/bookstore purchases?

San Juan Island NHP partners with Discover Northwest for bookstore items, you can visit their website to purchase a variety of items related to the park.
During the 2020 summer season there will be no purchase options at American Camp, but a limited inventory of items might be available at the English Camp Barracks.

When will the American Camp Visitor Center be open to the public?

The American Camp Visitor Center is expected to open Spring 2021 pending construction timeline.

I would like to talk to a ranger about what kinds of activities are available during my visit?

Please email us and will be more than happy to work with you on your trip out to the San Juan Islands.


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    Project Planning Documents

    While the comment period is closed for the American Camp Visitor Center construction, project documents and information are still available for viewing. Please check out the PEPC website archive for San Juan Island NHP in the link below.

    Documents Open for Public Review

      Other Plans and Projects

      An archive of completed projects as well as projects without documents open for comment may be found on the PEPC website.

      Last updated: January 29, 2020

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