Can you imagine finding a chunk of rock in the middle of a salty strait, staking a claim and planting an orchard there? A cluster of 19th-century sour apple trees and two formerly freshwater wells offer evidence of early farming on Blind Island. Go figure!
Despite curiosities, this marine state park is an unassuming mound in the San Juan Islands. In high season, the isle is a popular stop for kayak groups, including youth groups. In off-times, it is the perfect spot for contemplation.
The park offers two campsites at the top of the island, among the fruit trees now choked with grasses and brush. Each site has a 360-degree vista of Shaw and Orcas islands and the narrow channel between them. Stunning Mount Baker shows itself on clear days, and big skies full of clouds offer changing views when the mountain is hiding.
So, beach your dinghy or kayak, bust out your camp chair and maybe a maritime tale, and prepare to enjoy this unique state park.
Blind Island is a 3-acre marine camping park near Blind Bay, Shaw Island. Year-round moorage is available. Because the park is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail, its campsites are only available for boaters arriving by human- or wind-powered watercraft.
There is no potable water on Blind Island; the wells, now dry or stagnant, do not have fresh water. Visitors must pack out what they pack in.
Be sure to set crab traps in Blind Bay, an area closed to commercial crabbing, which is known to have an excellent yield. Have your shellfish permits and catch record displayed on your person while harvesting shellfish, and know shellfish regulations.
There are four moorage buoys available year round. Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Additional information can be found in the Boating Program.
Latitude: 48º 35' 3.84" N (48.5844) Longitude: 122º 56' 18.98" W (-122.9386)
This first-come, first-served camping park has four primitive campsites. All sites are part of the Cascadia Marine Trail, and use of the sites is restricted to those arriving by human- or wind-powered watercraft. Visitors arriving by vessels with motors are not allowed to camp at this park, but may use the island for day use. There is one composting toilet.