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Description - Hope Island is accessible only by boat. It is part of the Marine Parks and Boat Moorage system. Four moorage buoys are provided.

Recreation - This island appeals to boaters who wish to explore the area by day as there are no camping amenities.

Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. Hope Island State Park is located in an area "protected" by surrounding ocean waters and mountain ranges. Temperatures are consistently moderate, rarely topping 80 degrees in the summer and rarely falling below 30 degrees in the winter.

Annual rainfall averages 29 inches, approximately half that of Seattle. In the summer months, and especially during September and early October, the islands may go for weeks without a cloud in the sky. Snowfalls occur once or twice a year and usually total only one or two inches. Northeast winds may cause temperature extremes.

Island tides range over 14 feet. The extreme low tide of 4.0 feet to the extreme high tide of over 10 feet.

Location - Hope Island State Park is located east of Cornet Bay between Whidbey Island and the mainland. It is accessible only by boat.

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Filed By: Bill and Diane (Mukilteo, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Kayaked from La Conner to Hope Island on Saturday, July 19, 2003. The weather was great (sunny, mid-80s)with very light winds. The birding was spectacular, particularly from being able to drift in very close to where the birds were perching without disturbing them. Saw at least 8 to 10 Bald Eagles in various coves on the northwest side of the island. Also saw many blue herons and either a Golden Eagle or very large, immature Bald. Beaches were great for stopping and relaxing and enjoying a bite to eat. The tide was going out and was probably about 5 to feet when we stopped. Great kayak from La Conner. Probably about a 12 to 13 mile round trip. Be sure to stay west of the mud-flats as the tide gets low. Doesn't take a very low tide and the flats are exposed.

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Contact Information:
Hope Island State Park, c/o Jarrel Cove State Park, E. 391 Wingert Rd. , Shelton, WA, 98584, Phone: 360-426-9226, Fax: 360-427-3216

Additional Information:
The Islands - The Island region includes Whidbey Island, Camano Island, Fidalgo Island and the San Juan Islands. Many islands and islets make up the San Juan Islands, but it's the four main islands, Lopez, Shaw, Orcas and San Juan, that are accessible to visitors.
Washington State Parks - Washington has 149 state parks located around the state.

Washington State Parks - Official Agency Website


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