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2/01/2018

Jones Island is the Absolute Best Marine Park in the San Juans - Period

This is a reposted post I think is very worthwhile.
      Jones Island is a wonderful place to take your family and enjoy boat camping.  The islands unique proximity to the three major marinas and harbors in the San Juan's is a big plus, but even without these great  nearby neighbors, Jones would still be your destination of choice.
       A favorite starting point for kayaking is Deer Harbor, only 2 1/2 miles over usually calm water.  Roche Harbor, a favorite resort and jump off point for those going to Canada is only 5 1/2 miles.  Of course the San Juan's largest city and port is Friday Harbor, at only 5 3/4 miles distant.

This post is all about Jones Island Marine Park in the San Juan's


         All of Jones is a state park, the north cove is preferred by power boaters and sailors alike, inside you will find a protected bay with docks and anchor buoys, plus room to anchor if the five buoys are in use.

Map locating Jones Island - post describes camping facilities

        The south cove is favored by kayaker's, there are several campgrounds and the island has running water, fire pits and picnic tables. On a sunny summer weekend it would not be unusual to find several large groups camping with many first time kayakers in guided tour groups.  Offshore are a few anchor buoys.  The south cove is not protected from San Juan Channel traffic or winter storms so the beaches are piled with sun silvered driftwood.

Jones Island in the San Juans - blog post describes campground

        The North Cove is absolutely wonderful, There is a brand new dock, anchor buoys, a steep gravel beach (good for dinghy's), and room to anchor. The cove is protected from all but the worst north winds (very infrequent) On shore are lots of tent sites, each with picnic table and fire rings.  There is a nice mowed lawn area for games and grazing deer.  Bathrooms and running water are clean, cool, clear and convenient. 

Jones Island in the San Juans - blog post describes campground




            The island has several hiking trails, rated, easy and moderate. From the trails are magnificent views of the surrounding islands, and waters.  Bring your camera to Jones, you will want to preserve the memories to show your friends that aren't as fortunate as you.

Boat camping at Jones Island Marine Park in the San Juan Islands

NEW -  NORTH COVE DOCK AT JONES ISLAND

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