Within a good days 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. The site is available for overnight camping from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Find out more on the Department of Natural Resources Page.
Location: Pelican Beach is on the east side of the north 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.
Is there docking at the beach or anchor out only?
There is a sloping beach for landing.
The trail to Eagle Cliff needs repair. As this is about a mile from the beach this will be difficult. The campsite area is very well maintained and heavily used. While camped here we met Paul from DNR and explained that we were doing site maintenance and gave him posters for Pelican Beach site. He wants us to mail add’l posters to him for Point Doughty, Cypress Head and Griffin Bay.