Clark Island (Washington)

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Clark Island State Park
Washington State Park
Clark Island viewed from Mount Constitution.jpg
Clark Island viewed from Mount Constitution
Country United States
State Washington
County San Juan
Elevation 95 ft (29 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°42′05″N 122°45′52″W / 48.70139°N 122.76444°W / 48.70139; -122.76444Coordinates: 48°42′05″N 122°45′52″W / 48.70139°N 122.76444°W / 48.70139; -122.76444 [1]
Area 55 acres (22 ha)
Established Unspecified
Management Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Website: Clark Island State Park

Clark Island is an island in the San Juan Islands of the U.S. state of Washington. It is located near Barnes Island off the northeast coast of Orcas Island. Clark Island State Park, which encompasses the entire 55-acre (22 ha) island,[2] has two picnicking sites, 15 primitive campsites, and nine mooring buoys.[3]

The name was given by Charles Wilkes during the Wilkes Expedition of 1838-1842, in honor of John Clark, a midshipman who was killed during the Battle of Lake Erie of the War of 1812. The island, along with nearby Barnes Island, had been named Islas de Aquays in 1792, by the Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza, in honor of Eliza's patron, the Viceroy of Mexico, Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Clark Island State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Douglass, Don; Réanne Hemingway-Douglass (2003). Exploring the San Juan and Gulf Islands (2 ed.). p. 66. ISBN 1-932310-00-2. 
  3. ^ "Clark Island State Park". Washington State Parks. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  4. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3. 

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