Sucia Island

By | January 7, 2015

Sucia IslandSucia Island is commonly the first overnight stop that our charter guests make after departing from our docks on Saturday morning. It is 2.5 miles north of Orca’s Island in the San Juans, and is actually the largest island in an archipelago of ten islands, meaning that there is plenty to explore both on and off your boat. The isolated coves and bays dotting the shoreline of the island has served the Lummi Tribe for centuries in their seal hunting days. Later, in the 1800’s, smugglers used them as hideouts while illegally transporting wool and opium, as well as liquor during Prohibition in the 1920’s and 30’s. In the 1960’s, the archipelago was purchased by the Puget Sound Interclub Association, who donated it to the State of Washington for protection as a marine park. Now, Sucia Island is popular with boaters due to ample mooring buoys and 640 feet of dock. Shallow Bay, on the island’s west side, offers 7 mooring buoys as well as space for smaller boats to anchor. This beach is the access point to a large group camping site that has a covered eating area. Directly across the island’s isthmus from Shallow Bay is Echo Bay, which is the largest of the anchorages. Here, there are several mooring buoys close to a pebble beach. Fossil Bay, on the south end of the island, is popular with visitors because there are two docks available to tie up to, as well as mooring rings. There is also room for anchorages in Ewing Cove on the northeastern side of the island. Visitors to Sucia can spend time beachcombing, fishing, clamming, crabbing, scuba diving, or hiking on the island’s 10 miles of trails.

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