Washington Nature, State Parks August 09, 2019
The Remote Washington Island You’ve Never Heard Of But Have To Visit
You’ve heard of Whidbey. You’ve been to Bainbridge. You may have even experienced Vashon. Washington’s islands are second to none, and that includes the secluded hidden gems. Most Washingtonians have never even heard of Sucia Island, but it’s an amazing place to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Sucia Island State Park is one of the San Juan Islands, although you certainly won't hear much about it.
It lacks the amenities of the other islands -- in fact, it's simply an 814-acre marine park with plenty of camping.
The island is only accessible by watercraft.
You're welcome to bring your own boat if you have one, but there is a ferry and water taxi service that will take you there as well.
Needless to say, the park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
Kayaking, canoeing, and hiking are all popular here, and there are plenty of forested trails to explore.
The island was named by the Spanish explorers who came upon it in 1791.
They called it sucia, a nautical term describing navigational obstacles such as the rocks around the island. The picturesque rocks that surround the island make for interesting diving and kayaking.
2012, part of a femur bone from a theropod dinosaur was discovered in a rock on Sucia Island.
The 80-million-year-old fossil was excavated and now resides at Seattle's Burke Museum. But fossil collecting by visitors is strictly prohibited.
The island has 60 standard campsites that are first-come, first-served.
There are also a few reservable group camp sites available. There are no services on the island, however, so stock up on your groceries before you come.
This pristine island is pretty incredible.
The next time you plan to explore the San Juans, make a day trip and see for yourself.
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