Located on the largest island in the San Juans, Obstruction Pass State Park has the longest beach on Orcas Island. Washington State Parks is thoughtfully changing camping practices to accommodate those arriving by boat and foot for the benefit of island residents and visitors. It is heavily used by walk-in campers. If the site has a camper, they won’t turn kayakers away, however there is not much other useable space. We are working with them to come up with a solution.
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Location: On Orcas Island. Campsites are on the W side of Deer Point at the SE corner of the island, 1 nautical mile S of Olga.
Hazards: Currents in Obstruction and Peavine Passes may attain 3 to 7 knots. Current flows E on the flood. Tide rips E of Obstruction Island.
Sites: 10, no specific CMT site
Sanitation: Vault toilets
Overflow: Contact ranger if unable to locate a campsite
Fires: Fireplaces available
Extras: Picnic tables
Fees: $12/night for up to 8 in tentsite
Special Considerations: This camp is also walk-in, about 1 mile by foot. May be crowded on popular weekends. Park is bordered by private land, please stay on public lands.
Natural History: Obstruction Island, across the Pass, was offered for about $180,000 in the early 1960's. Two Seattle high school teachers purchased the island. In July 1964 E. M. Graham of Shaw Island, the 86-year-old San Juan County Engineer, surveyed the island. He and his helper, an 11-year-old boy, traveled throughout the islands by canoe.