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Washington State Parks

USA Parks
The Islands Region
Moran State Park
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3572 Olga Road
Olga, Washington   98279

Reservations: 888-226-7688
Moran State Park is a 5,252-acre camping park with five freshwater lakes and over 30 miles of hiking trails. Atop the 2,409-foot-high Mt. Constitution, the highest point on the San Juan Islands, there stands a stone observation tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. The tower offers panoramic views of the surrounding islands, the Cascade Mountains and a variety of Canadian and American cities. A tower provides spectacular views of the surrounding Canadian and American terrain, including the Olympic Mountains. The park also features more than 30 miles of trails, five lakes and several waterfalls, an old growth forest and a lodge pole pine forest.

Park hours/updates:

The park is open year round for camping and day use.

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk. Some campsites are closed in winter.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Chipmunks? Deer or Elk? Minks? Otters? Rabbits? Raccoons? Squirrels? Crows or Ravens? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Grouse? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Swans? Woodpeckers? Wrens? Bass? Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

Mount Constitution at 2,409 feet is the highest point in the San Juan Islands. The steep, winding road leading to the top is well worth the trip.

? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Spruce? Yew? Alder? Apple? Cherry? Maple? Foxglove? Lupines? Paintbrush? Berries? Ferns? Moss or Lichens? Thistle
History of the Area
Moran State Park opened in 1921 when Robert Moran, shipbuilder and former mayor of Seattle, donated more than 2,700 acres to the state for a park. Most of the trails, roads, bridges, and buildings in the park were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. The builders used native materials on site to construct the many stone and wooden shelters and buildings.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area? Boat rentals? Camping? Pay phone? Fire wood? Auto repair? Airport? Boat rental? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Golf? Groceries? Hardware? Horse rental? Marine supplies? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? White gas? Wood? Swimming

Boat rentals run Memorial weekend to Labor Day. A snack bar located at the Cascade Lake swim area. There is a medical clinic in Eastsound, open on weekdays.
The park has 151 tent spaces, one dump station, five restrooms (one ADA) and 10 showers (two ADA). Campsites are located in five different camping areas.

Northend camp area is located closest to the entrance, across the road from the day-use and swim beach area. Several of these sites provide a great deal of privacy.

Midway camp area is near the Cascade Lake boat launch with 12 of the sites located on the shore of the lake. The remaining Midway sites are across the road from the lake, but several offer nice views.

The Southend camp area is the most popular with almost all of the sites located right along the shoreline. This area has one ADA-compliant campsite and restroom facility.

Mountain Lake camp area is located one mile up Mount Constitution Rd. on the shores of Mountain Lake, the largest lake in the park. For those who arrive by bicycle or on foot, 15 primitive campsites are located on the road to Mount Constitution.

Maximum site length is 45 feet (may have limited availability). Certain areas and campsites will not fit large RVs or motorhomes. Call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688 for reservations.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Perfect for reunions, workshops and retreats, Camp Moran State Park ELC (capacity 144 people) and Camp Moran Vacation house (capacity 8 people) are located within the park. For information and reservations for Camp Moran or the Vacation House, please call (360) 902-8600.
The park provides two boat ramps. No internal combustion engines are allowed.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available at the park.

Moran State Park is located near Anacortes, Bellingham and Ferndale

The park provides two kitchen shelters with and two without electricity, plus six sheltered and 55 unsheltered picnic tables. Most facilities are available first-come, first-served.

The log kitchen shelter located at the Cascade Lake swim area is reservable. It includes stone fireplace, wood grill, sink, electrical outlets and lights. Capacity is 100 people. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. NOTE: Parking for this shelter is shared with swim beach users and may fill up on summer days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nature Programs
There is a short, self-guided interpretive trail near the kitchen shelter in the day-use area. Interpretive displays will soon be installed in the observation tower on Mount Constitution to tell the story of Robert Moran and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Camp Moran Environmental Learning Center (ELC) has an environmental education program, Moran Outdoor School, in which several hundred students participate every year. The ELC also is available for group and family rentals. For information on Moran Outdoor School, call (360) 376-6173.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other ? 33 mi. Hiking Trails? 11 mi. Bike Trails? 6 mi. Horse Trails? Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)? 2 boat ramps (freshwater)? Fishing (freshwater)? Swimming (freshwater)? Bird Watching? 1 Fire Circle? Interpretive Activities? Mountain Biking? Wildlife Viewing

A snack bar and row and paddle boat rentals are available Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Certain bike trails are closed seasonally. Eleven miles are open year-round, and September 15 to May 15 there are 25 miles open to bicycle use.

Cascade Lake is stocked yearly by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Species include rainbow, cutthroat and kokanee trout.

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Located five miles south of Eastsound, Wash.

From I-5: Take Hwy. 20 exit westbound to Anacortes. Follow signs to San Juan/ Sidney, B.C. ferries. Take ferry to Orcas Island. Turn left after exiting the ferry, and follow signs to Moran State Park (approximately 14 miles).


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