Without question one of the more popular destinations of the San Juan Islands. Take a walk along the 2 miles of hiking trails and you may see deer, birds, or mink, or search for the foundation of a pioneer’s home-site on the south side of the island. The cove and dock on the north side of the island are a short walk away.
Approach: Gravel. Approach from south. Take out in the cove and walk up to campsite.
Location: Jones Island is a half a mile off the south-west corner of Orcas Island. Campsite is at the midpoint of western side of the island.
Water: Available May 15-Sept 15 at north and south cove camp areas.
Sanitation: Composting toilet
Overflow: Campsites in northern or southern coves
Fires: Fire pit available
Extras: Picnic table
Fees: $12/night for up to 8 in site
Special Considerations: Racoons will take any accessible food.
Natural History: Jones Island was named by the Wilkes Expedition in 1941 in honor of Cpt. Jacob Jones, US Navy, who captured the British brig “Frolic” on October 18, 1812, as Master Commandant of the sloop-of-war “Wasp.” The island has denser vegetation than the other islands, and island deer have become so tame that they regularly beg food from campers.