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“campground has worst smelling toilets!”

Stuart Island State Park
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

we camped here 2 nights on the hill between the 2 marinas. the folks on boats were up late drinking and singing and laughing half the night. the pit toilets smell AWFUL, every last one of them. the hike to the old lighthouse is nice and offers good views.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Strange that Tripadvisor places this attraction under "Friday Harbor". Stuart Island is it's own island as the name implies--not on San Juan Island.

Stuart Island is accessed exclusively by boat (I suppose you could charter a light plane...). Anyway, we stopped overnight during our chartered boating week in the San Juans. Found this and Sucia Island the best of the state parks.

Highlight of this island is the ~2.5 mile walk (each way) to Turning Point Light Station. The Light Station (not a lighthouse) is lovingly preserved and presented by a non-profit. Great whale watching spot. Very nice, tiny museum. And....truly the best primitive bathroom you'll encounter--spotless, nice flooring, couple plants, coat hooks, no smell or mess. OK, not a reason to visit, yet a reflection of how well the place is maintained. The hike there includes about three fair hills that most can handle, although our elderly parents opted out of the hills.

Be sure to check out the school house along the hike. Features an honor system t-shirt concession that is very local and endearing.

Island itself is for the truly self sufficient. Each resident generates their own power, water, and other utilities. No regular ferry service, so most grow their own food.

State park has all the appropriate boating and camping facilities.

We enjoyed the remoteness and minimal others there, even during peak season.

4  Thank FJVLS
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Spend 2 nights in Reid harbor campground on a guided kayak tour.

Campgrounds are clean and free from litter. There are water spigots in a few place on the island (like campgrounds) that contain really good drinking water. The composting toilets get a lot of traffic, but were regularly cleaned when we were there. Toilets are well stocked with TP and hand sanitizer.

The hike to the old schoolhouse, cemetery, and to the lighthouse (2.2 miles) is well worth it. On the day we visited, the "J-pod" consisting of 25 orcas, swam by the shore of the lighthouse. Deer are everywhere, and pay no attention to visitors.

There are other hikes on the island as well, including a loop over to the East side of the island to another harbor. For boaters, Reid offers good protection from the elements, and is well worth the visit.

3  Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We visited Reid Harbor on Stuart Island overnight on our cruising sailboat. This is one of our favorite stops in crusing the San Juans. The hikes on land are challenging enough to really use some energy. The trail out to the lighthouse is a good several mile walk, and back to the harbors. A stop at the school house museum is well worth the time. There are several "treasure chests" with t-shirts and local note cards for sale. Enjoy yourself in this special setting!

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

The trail to the lighthouse was perfect for a day trip and there weren't many visitors at the dock. It was like we had the place to ourselves. Clean outhouses.

Thank Jessica A
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