San Juan Islands 2017 Updates
Swinomish Channel Closures July through November 2017
Alert to boaters planning to travel through the Swinomish Channel in the 2017 summer/fall season. Due to work on the Railroad Bridge at the north end of the channel, the bridge will rotate to close and the Swinomish Channel will be closed to boat traffic during various times of the day from July 17th through November 2017 (no scheduled closures on Sundays). For a schedule of closures, go to www.swinomishchannelclosures.net
- Deer Harbor (7/13/17)
Deer Harbor is a quiet, protected bay on the west end of Orcas Island that is home to two marinas. Deer Harbor Marina is the first marina entering the bay from the south with transient moorage, guest services, and outstations for several yacht clubs. At the north end of the bay is Cayou Quay Marina with only permanent moorage and no transient services. The entire bay north of Fawn Island has good anchorage. A charted Cable Area surrounds Fawn Island and extends westward to the shore of Orcas Island.
- Roche Harbor Marina – Ethanol Free Gasoline
The fuel dock at Roche Harbor now has ethanol-free gasoline. Kevin, the harbormaster reports that they have secured a reliable source for ethanol-free gasoline and are pleased to offer this to boaters in addition to diesel fuel. Still located below the flag pavilion, the fuel dock is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Other upgrades at Roche Harbor include GFI safety protected shore power on J-Dock and an expanded outdoor events pavilion area. See the WaggonerGuide.com article Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power for more information about GFI protected shore power.
- Roche Harbor Market
This year, there are a couple of changes at The Company Store, which includes new deli items, “grab and go” snack trays, and locally-made alcoholic beverages like craft beers, cider from Westcott Bay Cider, wine from San Juan Vineyards and Lopez Island Vineyards and we’ve heard a new winery will be launching soon. There are also new floors and a new reading corner, which has a selection of cruising guides and books. (Photo credit: Roche Harbor Resort)
- Rosario Resort – Signage at New Docks
As reported in Rosario Resort & Spa – New Docks, New Marina Configuration, and Much More (April 2017), Rosario Resort & Spa has all new docks in a ‘U’ shape configuration. The new docks have been installed and are available for the 2017 boating season. Signage for slip numbers will soon be posted at the water end of the finger piers. In the meantime, the harbormaster will provide directions to an assigned slip. The two arms of the ‘U’ shaped docks are designated as North and South and numbered starting from the deep water (east) entrance of the ‘U.’ See the WaggonerGuide.com related article complete with a dock diagram.