Lime Kiln Point

Lime Kiln Point


Lime Kiln Point is a 36-acre day-use park set on the west side of San Juan Island. The park is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from a land-based facility. Orca whales are common in the waters off Lime Kiln. The park, which features a richly diverse environment, includes the remnants and landscapes of a history filled with change, along the rocky shoreline and through the wooded uplands. In 1860, a lime producing operation began to operate in what is now part of the park. For 60 years, the area adjacent to the park was quarried for limestone. Kilns were built to fire the limestone to produce lime. Buildings were built, roads were cut and much of the island was logged to feed the fires of the kilns. The U.S. Coast Guard operated the area adjacent to the lime operation as a lighthouse preserve.

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Lime Kiln Point: Cute Lighthouse

September 22, 2019

This is a delightful place and has the cutest lighthouse. We headed out to look for orcas – there’s a viewing place – but missed them. However, we got to see the exhibits, visit the lighthouse and chat with an interpreter.

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