Shaw Island

Shaw County Park is open for camping on a first come first served basis from November 1. 2023 to March 6, 2024.  The water system is now closed for the winter, so plan accordingly and bring water if you're planning to camp.

Shaw County Park Day - Use Shelter 

The shelter has reopened now that the masonry cookstove has been rebuilt and fully cured.  Small fires are allowed to be burned in the stove.  Fire wood can be purchased at the Shaw County Park office. The windows in the shelter are slated to be replaced in January 2024.

About the Island

Members of a local order of nuns operated the ferry landing at Shaw Island every day for over 27 years, rain or shine. They've now moved on, and new faces greet ferry travelers.

Aside from narrow, empty roads and Arcadian beauty, a small grocery store at the landing, and one park and campground at sandy Shaw County Park, Shaw Island has no commercial amenities. Shaw has an area of 7.7 square miles. Population is 165.

To read a local newspaper article (Journal of the San Juans), about the history of the park (PDF).

Shaw County Park - Camping

The park is open year 'round! From March-October 15, the camping reservation system is in effect and reservations are recommended for camping in April-October. Hammock tents are allowed only in campsites #2-5, 7, 8, & 10. During winter (November 1-March 31), all sites are on a first-come, first-served basis only and fees and services are reduced. Note: during winter, there is no drinking water available.  Firewood is not guaranteed to be available (we sometimes have a difficult time sourcing seasoned wood!); check at Park office. 

Due to the small size of Shaw Park, RVs or trailers are not advised. Vehicles up to 20 feet in length and 9 feet in height (total dimensions, including bumpers, bike racks, spare tires, roof pods/racks, and pop-up roof) are accepted in the designated parking space for each campsite; parking space may not be level. Please plan accordingly.

Shaw Park map

View the map to see park features and campsite locations.

Shaw Park 2024 SUMMER Fee Schedule - prices valid April 1, 2024 through October 31, 2024

Campsites - maximum 6 people/site (unless noted)
Fee pays for:
Price/Night
Standard Campsites
up to 4 people/1 vehicle $35.00
Standard Campsite #8W (walk-in)
up to 4 people/NO vehicle $35.00

Extra person (5+ years) $8.00

1 extra vehicle (maximum 2/site) $15.00
Walk-In Camp - No vehicles in park
Care-to-Share site #9  &12- Holds max. 10 people
One person (5+ years)
$10
Special Events - only by prior
arrangement
Refer to Special Event Policy; e-mail Parks Office
parks@sanjuanco.com or call 360-378-8420
per policy
Overnight Parking One vehicle $15.00

Extra charges apply for extra vehicles and extra people

All prices valid April 1, 2024 through October 31, 2024, and are subject to change without notice. Other rates and charges apply to group camp, commercial users, and day use events.

Shaw Park 2023-24 WINTER Fee Schedule - prices valid November 1, 2023-March 31, 2024

Campsites - up to 6 people per site Fee pays for: Fee/night
Campsite #1-8W*
*No vehicles allowed for #8W
up to 4 people/1 vehicle
*site 8W is walk-in only
$25.00 per site
Extra person 5+ years old

$8.00 per person

Extra vehicle
*No vehicles allowed for #8W
1 car (maximum of 2 vehicles per site;
4 vehicles in Group Camp)
$15.00 per vehicle
Walk-In Camp - No vehicles in park
Care-to-Share site #9
5+ years old

$10.00 per person

Overnight Parking One vehicle $15.00 per night

Fees shown do not include 10.3% sales and lodging tax.  Extra charges apply for extra vehicles and extra people.

All prices valid November 1, 2023-March 31, 2024 and are subject to change without notice. Other rates and charges apply to group camp, commercial users, and day use events.

Important Information for Ferry Travelers to the San Juans

Washington State Ferries (WSF) accepts vehicle reservations for some routes in the San Juans. You can find more information on this reservation system and make your ferry reservations online.
Click to access Ferries website

Shaw General Store open year 'round!

The Shaw General Store (located at the ferry landing on Shaw Island) features groceries as well as lots of nice gift items and other finds. Days and hours vary seasonally. There are no other stores, shops, cafes, restaurants, or other visitor services on Shaw Island. Plan accordingly and pack your ice chest with goodies on your way to visit Shaw County Park!