There are many Department of Natural Resources (DNR) beaches along the east side of this steep-banked island. Most are accessible by boat only. At places on the south end of Lummi the bluffs rise 1,500 feet from the water. The Cascadia Marine Trail campsite is located in the most southerly of three coves on DNR’s 2,125 foot shoreline, just under two miles from the island’s southern tip.
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Lummi Island DNR Campsite
Nov. 5, 2019
Three of us from WAKE paddled from Guemes Island to the Lummi DNR Campsite on Tuesday Nov. 5, 2019. We found the site in very good condition. No litter around the campsite or in the fire-pits. We restocked the TP in both Outhouses and cleaned them. It appeared that no one had used the site recently (within the last week or so).
The loop trail has several spots that are deteriorating. The switchback at the north end is in very bad shape. It really needs to be relocated or a short stairway or steps installed. The steps nearest the signboard are rapidly falling apart.
The raccoon box was clean, in good shape and appears to be well used.
Location: Lummi Island is between Orcas Island and Bellingham. Campsite is near the S tip of the island on the E side.
Sanitation: Vault toilets
Fires: Fire grates
Extras: Picnic tables
Special Considerations: Located within a Natural Resouce Conservation Area. Stay on maintained trails and follow minimum-impact camping techniques. This site lovingly maintained by the Whatcom Area Kayak Enthusiasts (WAKE) club from Bellingham.
Natural History: This island was originally called Skallaham by Lummi Indians (thought to have had housing nearby used for hunting lodges). It was called Isla de Pacheco by Spanish explorers Galiano and Valdez, and Lummi by the U.S. Geodetic Survey in 1853. The name is thought to refer to luminara, great bonfires seen by the Spaniards as they arrived.