Blakely Island, located within the chain of San Juan Islands, is the area’s largest private island. Sprawling 4700 acres, Blakely’s 56 residents reside on this island in peace and quiet. Blakely is not served by the inter-island Washington State Ferry system which connects the other area islands. It does, however, have its own private air field as well as marina. Blakely Island is home to a post office and general store, which has most of the amenities of the other more inhabited surrounding islands.
Residents are fortunate to have full access for themselves and their furry friends to swim, boat or fish in the island’s two private 70-acre lakes. The hundred-acre greenbelt is also waiting for Fido and owner to go for walks, jogs or take a bike ride on this pristine land. Dogs are living the life of luxury here where they all can get to know the other island pups. The land is certain to remain beautiful year-round because of their full-time island-appointed caretakers.
Residents and their dogs can take a water taxi to other islands and the mainland for groceries, shopping and dining. Any dog would love to jump in the boat and go for a ride.
Located within the San Juan Islands of Washington state, Shaw Island is visited by many tourists. Home to the University of Washington Biological Preserve, here you will find sandy beaches where your pup is welcome as well as a small general store to pick up supplies, snacks and water. Kayakers can put in their boat and paddle around the island. The island’s only park, Shaw County Park, requires keeping your dog on a leash to respect the area’s wildlife. With no island restaurants, pack accordingly. The dog-friendly ferry drops visitors in the morning and picks them up in the afternoon.
Orcas Island is home to three dog-friendly island parks. Birch Park is filled with walking trails for your leashed pup and Orcas Island Dog Park, adjacent to 57-acre Buck Park, is the best place for some off-leash fun. Lots of trees provide shade and dog bowls with water are on-site. Moran State Park has a whopping 38 miles of trails that wind through forests and along water’s edge, enough to wear you and Fido out! Island shops are not dog-friendly, but pups are welcome for some outdoor fine dining at Doe Bay Café, The Mansion Restaurant and Orcas Hotel Café.
Accessed by ferry, Friday Harbor on the San Juan Island features Eddie & Friends Dog Park with two acres of separate fun for large and small pups, comfy benches, shade trees, water fountains, and even pawtastic dog toys are provided. Or visit Roche Harbor’s Dog Park which has two fenced runs for your furry friend to frolic and although there is no water, proper clean up facilities are on-site. Dogs must be on leash while hiking the island’s many trails to help preserve its natural areas. Afterwards, you both can grab a bite at the Lime Kiln Café’s outside pier dining!
Lots to do on Lopez Island! You and pup are welcome on the long stretches of beach at Otis Perkins Day Park and Odlin County Park. Spencer Spits State Park offers 30 miles of off-leash trails and has bike and kayak rentals as well! Dog fur-iendly Lopez Hill has many preservation trails amongst its 400 wooded acres and Lopez Village Park’s community center is ready with showers, restrooms and picnic tables. And there’s more! Agate Beach Park and Shark Reef Park welcomes on-leash dogs for some wooded trail hikes and public beach access. There are no dog-friendly restaurants on Lopez.
Cypress Island lies just east of Blakely Island and comprises 5,500 acres. The island’s small population is shared with tourists so there is plenty of room to spread out for fresh air and forested fun. Pups are welcome on their many trails and beaches. Check out Smuggler’s Cove, Secret Harbor and Strawberry Bay which offer day passes for hiking and swimming enjoyment. This is also a kayaker’s paradise. Be sure to bring a leash as your pawtastic friend will need one and keep this island clean by packing out what you pack in. Be sure to bring food and water!