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Description - Patos Island State Park covers 207 acres with 20,000 feet of saltwater shoreline. Boaters will find two moorage buoys and a U.S. Coast Guard dock with a lighthouse. The lighthouse has an automated, battery operated navigation light and fog horn.

Of special interest is the wildflower bloom April through June, which you can view along a 1.5 mile loop hiking trail. A colony of prickly pear cactus has been discovered on the island.

The park has seven primitive campsites, one vault toilet and two pit toilets. There is no drinking water on the island and you must pack out your garbage.

Patos is part of the marine parks and boat moorage system. Facility use is first come, first served, with continuous moorage limited to three consecutive nights. Fees are charged year around. Current fees are $5 a night for moorage buoys. Call (360) 753-5771 for a fee update as all fees are subject to change.

Recreation - Park activities include primitive camping, picnicking, saltwater fishing, hiking, clam digging and, from April through June, wildflower viewing.

Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. Patos 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 - Patos Island State Park is located north west of San Juan Island in Georgia Strait. It is accessible only by boat at 5 miles NNW of Orcas Island and 2.5 miles NW of Sucia Island in San Juan County.


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Filed By: Terry Sherman (Bellingham, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Absolutely beautiful-and very peaceful-the parks dept replaced the missing mooring bouy early on the last morning we were there-Approximately first week of August, 2004.

Filed By: V. Edwards
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: When I last visited Patos Island, I found the second mooring bouy was missing. As of 5-31-02 there is only one mooring bouy in the bay.


More Information

Contact Information:
Patos Island State Park, c/o San Juan Marine Area, 226 Roehls Hill Rd. , Olga, WA, 98279, Phone: 360-376-2073

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.

Links:
Washington State Parks - Official Agency Website

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