Obstruction Pass State Park

By | November 17, 2016
Photo Courtesy of panoramio.com

Photo Courtesy of panoramio.com

Obstruction Pass State Park, on Orca’s Island, is less-known than Moran State Park, but just as beautiful and worth a visit. Located on the southeastern tip of Orca’s Island, Obstruction Pass State Park is one of the few saltwater beaches open to the public in the area. Even so, because it is smaller and more off the beaten track than Moran State Park, there are significantly fewer visitors, making it an ideal destination for those looking to get a little peace and quiet while enjoying the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands. Three mooring buoys are available for use, and there is ample space for anchoring. The pebble beach is perfect for landing a dinghy or kayak. The beach offers south-facing views of Obstruction Island, Lopez Island, and Blakely Island. There is excellent beach combing and bird watching from the beach, and at low tide there are even some tide pools to explore. From the beach, visitors can take a 0.6 mile, easy hike along the interpretive trail to learn more about the geology, ecology, and natural history of the park.

Photo Courtesy of parks.state.wa.us

Photo Courtesy of parks.state.wa.us

There are also more trails to explore throughout the park’s 80 acres for those looking to stretch their legs and take in some views. Please note that there is no potable water available in the park, however there are outhouses both above the beach as well as at the head of the interpretive trail. There are 10 camp sites scattered throughout the forest in the park¬†along with several day use picnic tables if you decide to stay for lunch.

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