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MATIA ISLAND STATE PARK   Back to Island Region Map


Matia Island State Park is 2.5 miles north of Orcas Island and 1.5 miles east of Sucia Island, San Juan County.


145 acres with 20,676 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Georgia, of which, 5 acres are developed for public use with 680' waterfront.


Five acres of Matia Island State Park has been utilized for State Park purposes via a letter of permission from the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife since June 1959.

Historical Background

Captain Eliza of the Spanish Expedition of 1792, named the island "isle de Mata". Mata has many meanings in Spanish, most having to do with lush plant growth. The U.S. Coast Survey conferred the name Matia on the island in 1854. Matia also means "no protection" in Spanish.


6 campsites, one picnic site, 1 composting toilet, 1 116-foot pier, 1 45-foot ramp, 12 x 60 ft moorage float, 2 buoys, 1-mile loop trail, 1 bulletin board/pay station.  No drinking water.  Garbage: pack-it-out.


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

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