Summer is just getting into full swing and we are already planning our fall get away trips.  The crowds will have taken the mosquitos with them and gone home. It will be time for us to enjoy some of those beautiful and less crowded campgrounds in the San Juan Islands.  Orcas Island camping can be a full week experience or you can island hop and enjoy some of the great camping on Lopez or San Juan Island.

Where to Camp on Orcas-

There are more camping options on Orcas than other islands and if you are a tent camper this is the place for you.  

  • We like Moran State Park with its 5000 acres of hiking, biking and great camping for tents and RVs.  The Mountain Lake campground puts you right at the start of many trails. Make reservations in advance.


  • If you are a tent camper and want to be on the water be sure to check out Doe Bay Resort and Retreat Center.  They rent cabins and yurts but also have some very unusual walk in tent sites with stunning views.


  • West Beach Resort has a few tent and RV sites but their biggest attraction are their west-facing shoreline beach cabins.


  • Families with children should check out Mount Baker Family Campground.  This is a relatively new campground with several walk-in tent only sites.  They have a full gage railroad that runs through the property and several farm animals to entertain the whole family.
Bob and Maureen Jorgenson


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