Roche Harbor, Washington

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Roche Harbor
Unincorporated community
Hotel de Haro
Hotel de Haro
Roche Harbor is located in Washington (state)
Roche Harbor
Roche Harbor
Location within the state of Washington
Coordinates: 48°36′35″N 123°08′56″W / 48.60972°N 123.14889°W / 48.60972; -123.14889Coordinates: 48°36′35″N 123°08′56″W / 48.60972°N 123.14889°W / 48.60972; -123.14889
Country United States
State Washington
County San Juan
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Roche Harbor
Location Northern San Juan Island, San Juan Island, Washington
Area 140 acres (57 ha)
Built 1886
NRHP Reference # 77001356[1]
Added to NRHP August 29, 1977

Roche Harbor is a sheltered harbor on the northwest side of San Juan Island in San Juan County, Washington, United States, and the site of a resort of the same name. Roche Harbor sits along Haro Strait and Canada – United States border. The harbor itself provides one of the better protected anchorages in the islands. The harbor is surrounded on the east side by San Juan Island, on the north side by Pearl Island, and on the west and south sides by Henry Island. Most of the harbor is 35 to 45 feet (11 to 14 meters) deep. Roche Harbor has a small airport used primarily by local residents.

The Roche Harbor marina is a designated port of entry for pleasure boats and is considered[by whom?] to be one of the best marinas in the Western United States. A customs dock occupies a section of the marina, with Customs and Border Protection agents on duty during summer months. When agents are not on duty, arriving boaters must call Customs and Border Protection from the Customs Dock.[2]


Roche Harbor was named in honor of Richard Roche, who served under British Captain Henry Kellett in 1846 and Captain James Charles Prevost in 1857–60.[3]

The resort was formerly a company town surrounding the Tacoma and Roche Harbor Lime Company, which was incorporated in 1886. Lime production was a major industry and revenue source for a corporation run by John S. McMillin, whose ashes are buried in a large mausoleum nearby. The focal point of the resort is the historic Hotel de Haro.


  1. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Pleasure Boat Ports of Entry in Washington
  3. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3. 

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