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JAMES ISLAND STATE PARK    Back to Island Region Map


James Island State Park is 1/2 mile east of Decatur Island on Rosario Strait, San Juan County. Township 35N, Range 1W, in parts of Section 14 and 23.


113.65 acres with 12,335 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rosario Strait.


James Island State Park was acquired from the Federal Government in 1964 at no cost.

Historical Background

The island was named by the Wilkes Expedition in 1841, possibly to honor the earlier heroism of an American sailor, Reuben James.


There is 1 water trail site, 13 primitive campsites, picnic shelter, 1.5-mile hiking trails, 121-foot pier, 4 mooring buoys, 12 x 45 ft moorage float, 2 vault toilets, 3 pit toilets, 1 bulletin board, and a pay station.  No drinking water.  Garbage: pack-it-out.


Primitive camping, picnicking, hiking, saltwater fishing, and scuba diving.

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