San Juan Islands
National Wildlife Refuge
|Northern Puget Sound
San Juan County, WA
Phone Number: 360-457-8451
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Continued . . . Moorage and camping are allowed on Turn Island and on a 5-acre designated campground on Matia Island, which also has 1 mile of wilderness trail.
Turn Island State Park is a 35-acre marine park with 3 miles of shoreline. The 35-acre island is part of the refuge, but under a mutual agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, it is available to boaters as a marine park.
Matia Island State Park is a 145-acre marine park with almost 4 miles of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Georgia. The island is part of the refuge, but under a mutual agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, 5 acres at Rolfe Cove are available to boaters as a marine park.
Matia Island is a federal wildlife refuge and has use restrictions different from most Washington state parks. With the exception of the campground area at Rolfe Cove and the loop trail and its beaches, the island is closed to public access and use to protect habitat and wildlife.
All other refuge islands may be viewed from boats, but are closed to public access. Visitors should stay at least 200 yards offshore to avoid flushing adult birds off nests and disturbing other wildlife.
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