Basic Information

4668 Cattle Point Rd.
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

San Juan Island is served by Washington State Ferries, several private cruise and shuttle craft and two air carriers (one of which has both land and seaplane service). The Washington State Ferries terminal is 85 miles north of Seattle and 90 miles south of Vancouver, BC in Anacortes, WA.

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Park grounds are open dawn to 11 p.m. daily year-round. Services and facilities are only available during specific hours tied to visitor center operating hours.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Sunrise -
  • Monday: Sunrise -
  • Tuesday: Sunrise -
  • Wednesday: Sunrise -
  • Thursday: Sunrise -
  • Friday: Sunrise -
  • Saturday: Sunrise -

Spring: Temperatures usually range from 40 F to 60 F. Wildflowers are at their peak around May. Summer: Temperatures usually range from 45 F to 70 F. On very sunny days, be prepared with water-heat exhaustion is a common complaint among park visitors who are unprepared. Fall: Temperatures usually range from 40 F to 65 F. Rain is common. Winter: Temperatures range from 35 F to 50 F. Be prepared with cold and wet weather gear and numerous layers if you intend to be outside. Rain and wind are common.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance - $0.00

There is no fee to access San Juan Island National Historical Park.

American Camp Visitor Center

The American Camp visitor center, located on Cattle Point Road on the island's southern peninsula, serves year-round as the primary contact station for the park.

English Camp Visitor Center

The heart of English Camp is situated on the shoreline located below the main parking area, accessible from West Valley Road.

blockhouse and flagpole and garden gary
The ancient shell midden lying beneath the English Camp parade ground bakes the grass to a golden finish by August, while the formal garden continues to offer color. This is perhaps the most photographed view of the park's northern unit.

Gary Tarleton Photo

visitor information sign
You will find most, if not all, the information you seek at the American Camp visitor center, located off Cattle Point Road, five miles south of Friday Harbor.

Gary Tarleton Photo

San Juan Island National Historical Park is composed of 2,141 acres of woodland, prairie and saltwater shoreline in two units on San Juan Island, one of the 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County, Washington State.

Unless you have your own water craft or airplane, the island is accessible only by Washington State Ferries and commercial air carriers. Be sure to make a reservation to ensure a spot on the ferries, especially during the summer season when only 10 percent of a boat's capacity is set aside for drive ups.

Both park units--American Camp and English Camp--despite their names, are day-use only. Camping is available at San Juan County Park and Lakedale Resort. Lodging is available in Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor Resort, Lakedale Resort and a number of bed and breakfast (B&Bs) scattered throughout the island. For an up-to-date list of lodging properties check the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau web site.

Food service on the island is limited to Friday Harbor and the Roche Harbor (three miles north of English Camp), so ensure you eat first or pack a picnic lunch if you're visiting the park units around meal times.

Please follow the links in the left column for more information about your park visit.

Last updated: March 6, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


(360) 378-2240

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