AAA Editor Notes
San Juan Islands National Monument protects 75 sites of cultural and ecological significance scattered throughout the archipelago. The monument, established by presidential proclamation in March 2013, includes ancient fishing sites and camas meadows important to Native American culture. It also includes popular recreation destinations like Iceberg Point and Watmough Bay on Lopez Island, Cattle Point on San Juan Island and Patos Island.
Historically important lighthouses are on Patos Island and at Turn Point on Stuart Island. Recreational activities include fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping and outstanding wildlife viewing.
Most of the sites are remote and accessible only by boat. Cattle Point, adjacent to the American Camp unit of San Juan Island National Historical Park, is accessible by trail. On Lopez Island, the rocky cliffs, gnarled trees and dramatic views of Iceberg Point are accessible by trail from the parking lot in Agate Beach County Park. Stunning Watmough Bay, at the southeast end of the island, is accessible by trail from a lane branching off Watmough Head Road.
Note: Some trails use easements across private land; please respect private property.