Patos Island

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For the island in Venezuela, see Patos Island (Venezuela).
Patos Island State Park
Washington State Park
Light house.jpg
Western tip of Patos Island
with the Patos Island Lighthouse visible
Country United States
State Washington
County San Juan
Elevation 102 ft (31 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°47′04″N 122°57′16″W / 48.78444°N 122.95444°W / 48.78444; -122.95444Coordinates: 48°47′04″N 122°57′16″W / 48.78444°N 122.95444°W / 48.78444; -122.95444 [1]
Area 207 acres (84 ha)
Established Unspecified
Management Bureau of Land Management and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Website: Patos Island State Park
Patos Island Light Station

Patos Island is a small island in the San Juan Islands of the U.S. state of Washington. Since 1893, it has been home to the Patos Island Lighthouse, guiding vessels through Boundary Pass between Canada and the United States. The name comes from the Spanish pato, meaning "duck," which was given to the island in 1792 by Commander Dionisio Alcalá Galiano of the Sutil and Captain Cayetano Valdés y Flores of the Mexicana.[2]

The island and adjacent islets comprise Patos Island State Park, a 207-acre (0.84 km2) marine park with 20,000 feet (6,100 m) of saltwater shoreline. The entire island is owned by the federal government and is administered by the Bureau of Land Management's Wenatchee Office. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission operates a small campground facility at Active Cove near the west side of the island, maintains a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) loop trail, and has two offshore mooring buoys.[3][4]

The entire island, including the lighthouse, is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument, created in 2013.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b "Patos Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3. 
  3. ^ "Patos Island State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Patos Islands". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "San Juan Islands National Monument: Plan Your Visit". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  6. ^ "San Juan Islands National Monument" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management Spokane District Office/Wenatchee Field Office. 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 

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