Connecting to Nature

Turn Island Fishing


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


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

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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


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.

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