James Island (San Juan Islands)

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James Island State Park
Washington State Park
Country United States
State Washington
County San Juan
Elevation 75 ft (23 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°30′45″N 122°46′31″W / 48.51250°N 122.77528°W / 48.51250; -122.77528Coordinates: 48°30′45″N 122°46′31″W / 48.51250°N 122.77528°W / 48.51250; -122.77528 [1]
Area 113 acres (46 ha)
Established 1964
Management Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Website: James Island State Park

James Island is one of the San Juan Islands in San Juan County, Washington, USA. It lies in Rosario Strait just off the eastern shore of Decatur Island, and west of the city of Anacortes. The entire island comprises James Island State Park of the Washington State Park System. It has a land area of 113 acres (46 ha) with 12,335 feet (3,760 m) of saltwater shoreline. It has three different camping areas, each with at least one toilet. The camping areas combine for a total of 13 campsites and are connected by a loop trail. The island has no potable water[2] or residents.[3]

James Island was named by Charles Wilkes in 1841 to commemorate the naval hero Reuben James.[4]


  1. ^ a b "James Island State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "James Island State Park". Washington State Parks. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  3. ^ "WA - San Juan County - Census Tract 9605 - Block 2119". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  4. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 

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