Turn Island

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Turn Island State Park
Washington State Park
Country United States
State Washington
County San Juan
Elevation 69 ft (21 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°31′57″N 122°58′18″W / 48.53250°N 122.97167°W / 48.53250; -122.97167Coordinates: 48°31′57″N 122°58′18″W / 48.53250°N 122.97167°W / 48.53250; -122.97167 [1]
Area 35 acres (14 ha)
Established Unspecified
Management Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Website: Turn Island State Park

Turn Island is a small island in the San Juan Islands of northern Puget Sound of the U.S. state of Washington. The entire island is preserved as Turn Island State Park and is located within the San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The island has 12 campsites and is only accessible by water.[2]


Charles Wilkes, during the Wilkes Expedition of 1838-1842, thought it was part of San Juan Island and named it Point Salisbury after one of his officers. In 1858 the British found that it was actually an island with dangerous rocks in the channel between it and San Juan Island. The name Turn Island and Turn Rocks were given to mark the proper sailing channel.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Turn Island State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Turn Island State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3. 

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