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SUCIA ISLAND STATE PARK   Back to Island Region Map


Sucia Island State Park is 2.5 miles north of Orcas Island, San Juan County.


564.08 acres with 77,700 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Georgia.


Sucia Island State Park was acquired in five parcels; the first in 1952 and the last in 1974, for a total cost of $6,818.67.

Historical Background

The island's name originated with the Spanish Captain Eliza on his map of 1791. He named it "Isla Sucia". Sucia in Spanish means "dirty" or in a nautical sense "foul". This word was chosen because the shore was deemed unclean and reefy.


Two docks with 12'x160' mooring floats, 48 mooring buoys, 5 pit toilets, 9 composting toilets, 2 water systems with 4 reservoirs totaling 22,700 gallons, potable water, drinking water available April through September , shop building, 55 campsites, 16 picnic sites, 7 bulletin boards, 2 trail system information map boards, 6.2 miles of trails, 3.5 miles of service road, 3 picnic shelters, 2 reservation group camps, and 1 underwater scuba park with locator buoy.  Garbage: pack-it-out.


Primitive camping, picnicking, hiking trails, salt water related activities, clamming and crabbing.

Of Special Interest

Marine fossil deposits at Fossil Bay.

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