Pelican Beach is closed to overnight use October 1, 2009 until Memorial Day weekend of 2010. In 2010 and beyond, overnight camping will be permitted from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Within a good day’s distance from Anacortes, Pelican Beach is a great first night out campsite. This site’s location is protected from the common southwesterly onshore breezes and has great views of the Cascades and eastern San Juan Islands. 750 foot high Eagle Cliff dominates the north end of the island and is a great spot to view sunsets.
Approach: Sloping pebble beach
Location: Pelican Beach is on the eastern side of the northern end of Cypress Island.
Hazards: Watch for rip currents as you pass Cypress Head if approaching from Anacortes or southern Guemes Island.
Sites: 5-10, no specific CMT site
Sanitation: Composting toilets
Overflow: Limited. Allowed on the beach beside the designated camp area.
Fires: Fire pits available
Extras: Picnic shelter; steep exposed trail to top of Eagle Cliff affords a great view
Special Considerations: Located within Critical Habitat Area. Please respect seasonal trail closures.
Natural History: This Department of Natural Resources site was originally developed through the effort of the Pelican Fleet, owners of small sailboats who cross the channel and haul out on the beach here.