Matia Island

Matia Island State Park is a 145-acre marine park with 20,676 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Georgia. The island is part of the San Juan National Wildlife Refuge. Under a mutual agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, five acres at Rolfe Cove are available to boaters as a marine park. Captain Eliza of the 1792 Spanish Expedition named the island “Isle de Mata.” Mata has many meanings in Spanish, most having to do with lush plant growth. Some believe Matia refers to a woman’s name. The U.S. Coast Survey conffered the name Matia in 1954.

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