Clark Island is a 55-acre marine camping and moorage park with 11,292 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Georgia. Beaches are sandy on the west side of the island and smooth pea gravel on the east side.Want to support Washington State Parks? Get involved by joining a friends' group. For more information, visit the Friends' Group web page.
Summer hours: 6:30 a.m. to dusk
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. No generators in operation from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Winter Schedule for all Washington State Parks
Don't move firewood: Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by obtaining or purchasing your firewood at or near your camping destination (within 50 miles). Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by buying and burning your firewood locally. For more information, visit online at www.dontmovefirewood.org or the Washington Invasive Species Council website.
The Discover Pass now can be used on either of two vehicles!Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
(Transaction and dealer fees may apply)
A Discover Pass is required for motor-vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Exemptions:
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, the Discover Pass is not required if you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, for the duration of your stay at that state park. For additional exemptions and more information, please visit the Discover Pass website
The park has 15 campsites, one composting toilet and two vault toilets. The nearest fuel and limited groceries are at Blakely Island Marina.
Campsites are open year round.
Campsites 1-6 and 14 can accommodate up to eight campers, campsites 7-13 accommodate up to four campers and campsite 15 is a group site for up to 12 campers.
Campsite 15 is suitable for small groups up to 12 persons and may be reserved by calling (360) 376-2073.
2013 camping fees:
Please note that the following general
fee information is not customized for each individual park, so not all
fees will apply to all
parks (for example, primitive campsite and dump station fees listed apply only to parks that have primitive campsites and dump stations).
May 15 – Sept. 15 (peak season)
Primitive campsite and water trail camping: $12
Standard campsite: $23 non-premium site, $26 premium site
Partial-utility campsite*: $30 non-premium site, $35 premium site
Full-utility campsite*: $32 non-premium site, $37 premium site
*Please note: Camping fees during the 2013 peak season are $28 for partial-utility sites and $29 for full-utility sites at Beacon Rock, Lewis & Clark and Schafer state parks. These parks are first come, first served.
Jan. 1 – May 14 and Sept. 16 – Dec. 31 (off-peak season)
Primitive campsite and water trail camping: $12
Standard campsite: $22 for non-premium and premium sites
Partial-utility campsite: $28 for non-premium and premium sites
Full-utility campsite: $29 for non-premium and premium sites
Maximum eight people per campsite.
Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.
Dump stations (if available): Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.
More about park hours
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park from April 1 through Sept. 30; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
The park is located 1.75 miles northeast of Orcas Island in the San Juan islands.
N 48.41'51" W 122.45'50"
Marine access, reachable only by boat.
The closest launch sites are at Obstruction Pass, Orcas Island; Washington Park, Anacortes; Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes; Squallicum Harbor, Bellingham.
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This is a popular kayaking site. It provides an important camping and rest site for paddlers traversing the northern San Juan islands.
Boaters anchoring offshore or using the park moorage buoys should be aware of the strong currents on the west side of the island.
The east side moorage area is subject to large waves created by passing commercial shipping in Rosario Strait.
Members of the 1841 Wilkes Expedition named the island after John Clark, a midshipman killed in Perry's Battle of Lake Erie.
There are currently no interpretive opportunities at this park.
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• Fishing (saltwater)
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website.
Free days at state parks
: Visit Washington state parks for free. The Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on ten designated free days in 2013.
The 2013 State Parks free days are as follows:
Jan. 21 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 30 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 100th birthday on March 19
April 27 and 28 – National Parks Week
June 1 – National Trails Day
June 8 and 9 – National Get Outdoors Day and Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing weekend
Aug. 4 – Peak season free day
Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day
Nov. 9 through 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Please note: A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during State Parks free days. For more information, please visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov
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The park features nine moorage buoys: six on the east side of the island, three on the west side. No vessels over 45 feet permitted on buoys. All boaters mooring vessels at buoys are required to self register and pay moorage fees
at the bulletin board/pay station onshore.
Boaters need to obey rafting limits posted on mooring buoys.
There is no garbage service at any of the State Parks marine parks. Park visitors need to pack-out what they pack-in.
Picnic and Day-use Facilities
There are two picnic sites on the west side of the island with a sandy beach area.
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