Nestled between Orcas and Shaw Islands, this 3-acre island receives heavy use by boaters seeking a glimpse at the various and abundant species of wildlife. The island is at the mouth of Blind Bay. At night the lighted ferries serve as moving candelabra.
The pictures below were taken at our annual work party, one of our most popular events. Noxious weeds such as ivy and Himalayan Blackberry need to be kept at bay.
Location: Blind Island is in Blind Bay, just west of Shaw Island ferry dock.
Sanitation: Composting toilet
Fires: 4 fire pits
Extras: 4 picnic tables
Fees: $12/night for up to 8 in site
Special Considerations: Be careful not to disturb nesting birds. Notice cherry, apple and filbert trees from old homestead. Very exposed to wind.
Natural History: In the early 20th century, a squatter set up housekeeping, building a small house and storage sheds. He lived like a hermit, existing off his work as a fisherman and his small garden, evidence of which remains today. This man dug several holes into the rock, evidently to be used as cisterns, and built a concrete retainer around a natural spring on the island. The retainer is the only structure which remains on the island, as all buildings were removed in 1972. Today, the island is visited by golden eagles, bald eagles, great blue herons, belted kingfishers, owls, hawks, scoters, rhinocerous auklets, oystercatchers, and glaucous winged gulls.