Obstruction Pass Blakely's Deer Harbor Roche Harbor
Friday Harbor Jackson Beach Hunter Bay Prevost Harbor
Washington Park La Conner Eastsound Odlin Park
West Sound English Camp Orcas Landing Olga
When visiting the San Juan's many of us head for the great marine state parks and for good reason, that's where the floats, campgrounds and amenities are located that vacationers desire.
However, if you want to get off the boat and see something other than campers and boat people you have two choices. #1 dinghy ashore somewhere or #2 find a public dock and head out. This list and description of San Juan area docks excludes the state parks because most marine state parks are landlocked or waterlocked leaving visitors with no opportunity to explore beyond the park.
Sixteen public docks organized and listed in no particular order.
Blakely's is a conveniently located fuel dock about halfway between everywhere we go in the San Juan's. They are just inside Peavine Pass on Blake Island. On shore is a small store and deli bar famous for ice cream cones to savor on the lush waterfront lawns. Grazing deer share the lawn so watch your step. The dock is rather long with plenty of room on both sides to tie up big and little yachts and still not interfere with those getting fuel. They offer overnight marina slips in a very protected tiny cove. The island and roads are private so boaters may not leave the resort property.
|Fuel and store dock at Blakelys is long and you may tie up on either side to avoid wind or current issues.
Deer Harbor, on the west end of Orcas Island at the end of the road is diminutive Deer Harbor community and marina. You may purchase fuel and snacks, get ice and rent a slip. The county dock is actually the same dock as the fuel float. Simply tie up out of the way just past the fuel dispenser. The county section is painted yellow and accommodates several runabouts or one large yacht. This is an excellent jump off point for kayakers heading for Jones Island or dropping off people catching the San Juan Transit mini bus. The bay out front is calm and rogue wakes are few, anchoring room is abundant, restrooms, showers and laundry are on wharf.
|If you squint, looking under the main wharf at Deer Harbor, you can see the yellow painted county dock.