Transportation & Directions
Between the Washington mainland and Vancouver Island British Columbia sits an archipelago of 200 islands known as the San Juans. Being set off the mainland, access is limited to boat and planes. Those who arrive in the San Juans realize that the extra effort to get here is more than worth it.
Note: The Washington State Ferries have a Reservations System in place – be sure to reserve your spot on the ferry as soon as you confirm your travel plans. You’ll want to make your reservation to Orcas NOW. Reservations for your return trip can be made started August 1st. Don’t wait to make both at once – you don’t want to be one of the unlucky ones arriving at midnight for a 5am start time (yes it has happened).
Driving Directions to Camp Moran
Located five miles south of Eastsound, Wash. in San Juan County.
3572 Olga Road
Olga, WA 98279
From The Ferry:
Take ferry to Orcas Island. Turn left after exiting the ferry, and follow signs to Moran State Park (approximately 14 miles).
Pass the Cascade Lake picnic area.
Just past the South End campground entrance you will see the entrance to Camp Moran Environmental Learning Center on your right. (If you get to the turn off for Mt Constitution, you’ve gone too far).
Driving Directions From Seattle
Allow at least 1.5 – 2 hours driving time.
Take Interstate 5 North to the Burlington exit (230).
Take Highway 20 West until you reach Anacortes.
Once in downtown Anacortes, follow the signs (San Juan Island Ferries) to the ferry landing (approximately 4 miles west of down town Anacortes).
Driving Directions From Bellingham
Allow about 1 hour driving time.
Take interstate 5 South to Burlington exit #230.
Take Highway 20 West and follow signs to Anacortes, and the San Juan Island Ferry.
Once in downtown Anacortes, continue following the signs (San Juan Island Ferries) to the ferry landing (approximately 4 miles west of down town Anacortes).
The Washington State Ferry is by far the most common route to and from the San Juan Islands. The Ferries can accommodate vehicles, walk on, and bicycles traffic.
Driving On (All Fares are Round Trip)
Bringing a car on the ferry is easy to do, but a few tips will make it even easier (and cheaper).
-Arrive at least 1 hour prior to the ferry’s scheduled departure. On weekends, you may want to allow more time.
-The Charge for the Ferry is based off a vehicle under 20’ in length and 7’6” in height, so if you can keep your car to those measurements you will save money.
-The base fee only includes the driver, so passengers are charged as walk-ons
-If your bikes on the roof of the car put you over height, consider laying them down, or having some one walk on the ferry with them.
-If you have large group of passengers or multiply cars there are discounts available for purchasing multiple passes. For further information on FARES CLICK HERE
Walking On (All Fares are Round Trip)
If you are planning to walk on the ferry you still want to arrive approximately 1 hr prior to your ferry’s departure to ensure enough time to find a parking spot, and purchasing you ticket. There is a fee for parking at the ferry terminal.
Biking on the Ferry (All Fares are Round Trip)
The same time line applies, and the cost is that of a walk on passenger plus a $4 bicycle surcharge
Note: The Washington State Ferries have a new Reservations System in place – be sure to reserve your spot on the ferry as soon as you confirm your travel plans.
Fly to the San Juans
Flights are available from Boeing field and Kenmore in Seattle. As well as from Anacortes, Bellingham, and various points in British Columbia. Please see the links below for further details.