Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

Connecting to Nature

Turn Island Fishing

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Shoreline fishing is now allowed from the public use area of Turn Island. Turn Island is the only island within San Juan Islands NWR open for fishing and is accessible only by boat. To reduce impacts to wildlife from disturbance, please stay within the areas open to public use, and please remember to Leave No Trace by disposing of fishing line and other waste appropriately. Help wildlife thrive by remaining 200 yards from closed Refuge islands.

Turn Island Public Use Map

Wildlife Photography Tips

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Find ideas on how to take your best shot!

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Refuge Updates

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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In 2010 Refuge staff completed a document to guide Refuge management for the next fifteen years.

Learn more about the future of the Refuge...

About the Complex

Washington Maritime Complex

San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Washington Maritime Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS