Jones Island State Park

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Jones Island State Park
Washington State Park
Country United States
State Washington
County San Juan
Elevation 108 ft (33 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°36′53″N 123°02′45″W / 48.61472°N 123.04583°W / 48.61472; -123.04583Coordinates: 48°36′53″N 123°02′45″W / 48.61472°N 123.04583°W / 48.61472; -123.04583 [1]
Area 188 acres (76 ha)
Established 1983
Management Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Website: Jones Island State Park

Jones Island State Park is a Washington state park coterminous with Jones Island, one of the San Juan Islands in San Juan County, Washington, USA. It is located one mile (1.6 km) west of the southwestern corner of Orcas Island and accessible only by boat. The island has a land area of 188 acres (76 ha) and no resident population. The island was named by the Wilkes Expedition in 1841 for naval officer Jacob Jones.[2]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park features a dock, four miles of hiking trails, and 24 primitive campsites, two of which are reserved for non-motorized voyagers traveling along the Cascadia Marine Trail. The park's population of black-tail deer have become accustomed to human presence and will allow themselves to be fed by hand, which activity is, however, illegal.[3]

How to get there[edit]

Jones island can be reached by personal watercraft. On the north side there are two mooring buoys, on the south side there are some secure anchorage points though knowledge of tides, currents and bottom depth should have been taken into account. Kayakers should also be aware of the dramatic tidal exchanges, weather conditions and possibilities for the campsite to be booked out by tours.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jones Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 
  3. ^ "Jones Island State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 

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