Blind Island State Park

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Blind Island State Park
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Map showing the location of Blind Island State Park
Map showing the location of Blind Island State Park
Location in the state of Washington
LocationSan Juan County, Washington, United States
Nearest cityAnacortes, Washington
Coordinates48°35′05″N 122°56′13″W / 48.58472°N 122.93694°W / 48.58472; -122.93694Coordinates: 48°35′05″N 122°56′13″W / 48.58472°N 122.93694°W / 48.58472; -122.93694[1]
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
Elevation26 ft (7.9 m)[1]
DesignationWashington marine state park
Established1970
AdministratorWashington State Parks and Recreation Commission
WebsiteBlind Island State Park

Blind Island State Park is a public recreation area consisting of three-acre (1.2 ha) Blind Island in San Juan County, Washington.[2] The island lies off Shaw Island near the entrance to Blind Bay and is part of San Juan Islands National Monument.[3][4] It has about 1,280 feet (390 m) of saltwater shoreline and is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail, with all campsites restricted to visitors arriving in non-motorized watercraft. It became a state park in 1970 under lease from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and is cooperatively managed by the BLM and Washington State Parks.[2][4]

In the early 1900s, a man named John Fox[citation needed] built a small house and storage sheds on Blind Island. Fox was an immigrant from Germany, where he had made his living as a fisherman. After his divorce from Katherine Fox Dickman, he moved to the island where he lived as a fisherman and tilled a small garden spot, evidence of which still remains today. Fox was joined by his son, also named John Fox, after World War I.[citation needed] Fox dug several holes into the rock, evidently to be used as cisterns. The elder Fox is buried on the island.[citation needed] There is a small spring, around which a concrete retainer was built that is still in place.[5] The water is unsafe to drink.[6] All buildings were removed in 1972 due to their unsafe conditions.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blind Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Blind Island State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "San Juan Islands National Monument" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management Spokane District Office. 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Blind Island". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Blind Island State Park". Washington Water Trails Association. March 5, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  6. ^ Mueller, Marge & Ted (2004). Washington State Parks (Third ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. p. 117. ISBN 0-89886-893-9. Retrieved January 18, 2019.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  7. ^ "San Juan Marine State Park Area Management Plan". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. February 14, 2000. Retrieved January 18, 2019.

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