San Juan Islands Campout (Shaw Island) + Private Guided Preserve Tour (July 2022)

Sun, Saltwater, n’ Soul healing.

Ever wanted to grab your backpack and camp under the stars in the San Juan Islands with BIPOC community on beachfront surrounded by refreshing saltwater, enjoying campfire camaraderie at night, and learning about the legacy of protecting precious outdoor spaces through a private tour by the San Juan Preservation Trust during the day? We’ll tour Graham and Marylin Ellis Preserves which encompass 443 precious acres of land and 6578 feet of shoreline that’s protected by the Trust and participate in a hands-on stewardship activity.

From Anacortes, we’ll board the ferry to Shaw Island and walk about two miles to our campsite, a 60-acre county park that was established on Shaw Island in 1927. It curls around the western part of Indian Cove and takes in most of the peninsula that juts out between the cove and Squaw Bay. We’ll enjoy views from the 3250 foot long beach of San Juan Island, Canoe Island, and Upright Channel. Bring your positive vibes and be ready to enjoy a calm, fun, peaceful respite where for a few days we’ll focus on CARE … of our precious land and our precious body, mind, and soul. This is a self-supported backpack; we’ll carry our camping equipment and food (potable water is at the site). If you have questions about equipment let us know. If you need backpacking/camping equipment let us know we may be able to help.

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Day 1: We’ll meet and park our vehicles at the Anacortes ferry terminal and walk on the ferry to Shaw Island. From the Shaw Island Terminal, we’ll walk about two miles to Shaw County Park, set up camp, explore the beach and tidelands, make dinner, relax, enjoy the outdoors, and connect.

Day 2: We’ll prepare breakfast then meet up with the San Juan Preservation Trust to hike through Graham Preserve (that protects 99 acres of land and 357 feet of shoreline) and Fred and Marylin Ellis Preserve (that protects 344 acres of land and 6,221 ft of shoreline.) We’ll learn how San Juan Preservation Trust works with private donors and partner organizations to conserve land and then care for that land once it’s conserved then we’ll walk back to camp, prepare dinner, relax, connect, and enjoy the outdoors. 

Day 3: We’ll make breakfast, enjoy the beach, break camp, then walk back to the Shaw Island ferry terminal and board the ferry back to our vehicles in Anacortes.

Date: July 9-11, 2022
Camp fee: $30
Ages: 16+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Max capacity: 15 persons
Where to meet: Anacortes Ferry Terminal, 2100 Ferry Terminal Rd, Anacortes, WA 98221
Parking: $25
Ferry walk-on: $14.85 adult. $7.40 seniors and children 18 and under (paid by TBC)
Ferry departs Anacortes: 10:40 am
Ferry departs Shaw Island: Approx. 12:35 pm