Spencer Spit State Park

By | February 11, 2015
Photo Courtesy of visitsanjuans.com

Photo Courtesy of visitsanjuans.com

Spencer Spit, located on Lopez Island, is a 138-acre marine and camping park, and is a popular stopping point for charter guests. It is named for the lagoon-enclosing sand spit that characterizes the park. Historically, the area was used by Native Americans as a productive spot for crabbing, clamming, and fishing. The spit was homesteaded in the 1800’s by the Troxell family, and was eventually sold to the Spencers, who lived on the property for 50 years. Tribes used the land for food gathering all the way up to 1946 when it became a state park, and since then it has become a big draw for visitors to Lopez Island because it is one of the few parks in the San Juans that is accessible by car. A replica of the original Spencer cabin is on site. There are ample camp sites available, as well as 12 mooring buoys for visiting boats. There are also day use picnic sites and covered kitchen shelters that feature barbecue grills and fire pits. The park has potable water. Spencer Spit is a fabulous place to set your crab trap for the day, do some exploring, then grill up a fresh crab dinner while enjoying a beach bonfire. In addition to the obvious beachcombing and bird- and animal- watching opportunities, Spencer Spit State Park also boasts two miles of hiking trails if you need to stretch your legs for a bit. Between July 5th and Labor Day there is a Junior Ranger interpretive program held at the park for those interested in learning about the natural history of the area. Kayak and bike rentals are also available.

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