Moran State Park

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Pass through the welcome arch at Moran State Park on Orcas Island, and time begins to slow. You'll find yourself in a Northwest island frame of mind, free to relax, breathe and head into the vast, varied terrain.

Hike, cycle or drive to the summit of Mount Constitution for expansive views of the San Juan archipelago. Climb the historic stone tower on the mountaintop for an even grander view. Enjoy the park's five lakes, where you can swim, kayak, stand up paddle or fish for rainbow trout. Explore Moran's 38 miles of hiking trails, or take a trail ride on your favorite bike or with your trusted horse. Stroll through a natural preserve to spot birds and wildlife.

Set up camp under the stars, or enjoy "glamping" in a luxury platform tent. Wind down by the lake with a good book, or venture back in time with a closer look at the park's structures, more than 20 of which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.

Whether it's a day trip or an extended stay, Moran State Park offers a chance to refresh, renew and expand your horizons.

Park features

Moran State Park is 5,424-acres and offers abundant camping (151 sites), five freshwater lakes for swimming and non-motorized boating and more than 30 miles of hiking, bicycling, mountain biking and equestrian trails. Mount Constitution stands 2,407 feet above sea level.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

ADA amenities/facilities

  • Campground
  • Restroom

Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities. 

Picnic & day-use facilities
The park provides two kitchen shelters with and two without electricity, plus six sheltered and 55 unsheltered picnic tables. Most facilities are available first come, first served.

The log kitchen shelter located at the Cascade Lake swim area is reservable. It includes stone fireplace, wood grill, sink, electrical outlets and lights. Capacity is 100 people. Parking for this shelter is shared with swim beach users and may fill up on summer days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



  • 6 miles of horse trails
  • 11 miles of bike trails
  • 38 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Boating (non-motorized)
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Swimming
  • Watercraft launches (2)

Other activities & features

  • Bird watching
  • Fire circle
  • Mountain biking
  • Wildlife viewing


  • Orcas Adventures and the Sugar Shack - A visit to Moran is not complete without a stop at here for goodies and fun!  The Sugar Shack offers a variety of beverages and snacks including delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches and made to order espresso.  You will also find fun souvenirs, beach gear, swim wear, towels, and sunscreen. Adjacent to the concession stand, Orcas Adventures has a dock-side location offering boat, SUP, kayak and inflatable floatie rentals.  Orcas Adventures and the Sugar Shack is located right off the main road on Cascade Lake.  In addition to the Cascade Lake location, Orcas Adventures also has boat and kayak rentals available at Mountain Lake. They are open weekends in May and September and daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  For more information, visit them online or on Instagram.
  • Dancing Tree Farms - Moran State Park is proud to have the first firewood vending machine located in Washington State Parks! The firewood vending machine is located in the Midway Camp loop and and offers bundles of locally sourced firewood for $6.50.  Machine takes cash and cards.
  • Leanto - If you are looking for a different way to experience Moran State Park, consider a Platform Tent setup by LEANTO! Located in the Southend Campground, LEANTO has outfitted five walk-in campsites with yesteryear canvas wall tents pitched on cedar plank platforms.  Most important, they’ve tricked-out those tents with some comfortable furnishings and equipment.  Platform Tent sites are available by reservation June through September. For more information and reservations, visit LEANTO online.

Interpretive opportunities

The Summit Visitor Center offers indoor and outdoor interpretive displays focused on the geology and ecology of the San Juan Islands. From April through October visitors can step inside to learn more about the coast Salish inhabitants, the Civilian Conservation Corps and visit the gift shop operated by Friends of Moran volunteers. Interpretive displays in the observation tower on Mount Constitution tell the story of Robert Moran and the architecture of the iconic tower. 

There is a short, self-guided interpretive trail near the kitchen shelter in the day-use area. 

Additional information

  • A snack bar and boat rentals are available Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please call Orcas Adventures at (360) 376-4665 for boating information.
  • Certain bike trails are closed seasonally. Eleven miles are open year round, and 25 miles are open to bicycle use between Sept. 15 and May 15.
  • Cascade Lake is stocked yearly by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Species include rainbow, cutthroat and kokanee trout.
  • Mount Constitution Road is not accessible to large trailers or motor homes. Large vehicle access is restricted above Mountain Lake.
  • 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 and Wildlife.
  • Printable park brochure (PDF).
  • San Juan Islands state park brochure (PDF)