Saddlebag Island

Saddlebag Island


Saddlebag Island (including Dot Island) is a 24-acre marine park located in Padilla Bay with 6,750 feet of shoreline. The park is named for the two rocky knobs separated by a narrow “saddle” of land that form the shape of the island. The park is a boat-in camping park within the San Juan islands, popular for its crabbing opportunities. Beautiful wildflowers bloom on the island between April and May, much earlier than other sites in the San Juan archipelago. The park is a popular site for wildlife viewing, with harbor seals and river otters abundant in the surrounding waters. Visitors frequently report sightings of bald eagles and peregrine falcons in the area.

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