Take the ferry to the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington and retreat to a natural wonderland, filled with lush forests and beautiful beaches. Located on Lopez Island, Spencer Spit State Park has it all, including a riveting history.
The park was originally the territory of the Samish tribe, whose peoples hunted and fished in the area, as well as harvested the cedar wood for building shelter and canoes. The land was later homesteaded in the late 1800s, eventually by the Spencer family. They built a log cabin on the grounds in the early 1900s, which was rebuilt and can be visited today.
With views of other islands and a sand spit enclosed by a lagoon, this 200-acre park is popular for crabbing, clamming, and boating. Other activities include fishing, swimming, diving, and nature viewing. Camping options range from more primitive to more amenity-friendly, for whatever might be your preference. There are a few select campsites right on the beach (of which there are several to choose from).
The lagoon beach is dog-friendly and is fun for both crabbing and clamming, as well as beach combing. Amenities include restrooms and picnic tables. There are also some short hiking trails nearby. Dogs are allowed on the lagoon beach as long as they are kept on a leash of eight feet or less. Signs are also posted regarding beaches dogs are and are not allowed to visit (the latter being beaches designated for swimming). Dogs may also leave the beach and enjoy both the campgrounds and hiking trails.
Wondering how to get your dog to the state park? The ferry allows dogs as well, making your trip that much easier!
Remember during your visit to always pick up after your dog and be courteous to the other visitors by respecting quiet times when walking in or around the campgrounds.