“Glamping” Now Available at Several State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with Wanderlust Camps to offer a new style of luxury camping at Moran State Park on Orcas Island. It’s called “glamping” – a style of camping that’s been gaining popularity in recent years. Overnighters visiting the beautiful park on Orcas Island can simply pack a…

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State Park Docks Reinstalled for Summer

Many Washington State Park docks are removed in winter to prevent storm damage. Those docks have now been reinstalled and will be in place throughout the summer boating season. However, the dock at Doe Island, which was damaged in a storm several years ago, has not yet been replaced.

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Quait Bay Shore Access

The caretakers at the resort in Quait Bay, near Tofino, BC, advise that cruising visitors to the bay are no longer permitted to walk on the resort property. While visitors were allowed in the past, the resort owner has asked that the practice stop as a result of liability concerns.

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Man Overboard!

As I broke the surface I instinctively swiveled my head, scanning the horizon. Thirty feet away, the dinghy was slowing to a stop. Thank god, I thought, as I began swimming towards it. A moment before I’d been skimming across the water at 20 knots, motoring from Echo Bay back to Shallow Bay. The water…

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UPDATE: Cordero Lodge has New Owners

Laurie and Sandra Tanguay recently purchased Cordero Lodge from longtime owners Doris and Reinhardt Kuppers. The Tanguays plan to continue operating the lodge in much the same way the Kuppers’ did. During the winter they have installed a new septic system, built additional finger floats, and repainted the lodge. Additional guest cabins are also in…

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NEWS FLASH: Shallow entry to Peninsula Yacht Basin

Reader Rick Smith recently wrote to us that the channel into Pensinsula Yacht Basin in Gig Harbor no longer has a minimum depth of 10 feet. Writes Rick: “Please be advised we ran aground going in (in a channel where the person there said there was a minimum of 9 ft) 0.14 metres (.45 feet)…

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UPDATE: New Management, Food at Blakely Island Store & Marina

The Blakely Island Store and Marina is one of our favorite stops in the San Juans. Its relaxed atmosphere and proximity to Anacortes make it a perfect stop when first arriving in the San Juans or before heading back to the mainland. The Blakely Island Store & Marina is open for business. This year, Ben…

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UPDATE: New Marina: Moutcha Bay Resort

As I meandered my way through Nootka Sound, looking for a good anchorage, I stumbled upon a brand new marina: Moutcha Bay Resort, in Moutcha Bay. At first I assumed it was a high-priced sport fishing lodge, of which there are many on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Typically, these facilities don’t welcome cruising…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Boundary Islands

The Northern Boundary Islands – Matia, Sucia and Patos – are my favorites in the San Juans. Their sandstone geology­ – sculpted by wind and water – is different from the rest of the San Juans. Their many trails provide excellent hiking. And their location, north of Orcas Island, makes them feel more remote than…

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New Managers, Upgrades at Lagoon Cove

Lagoon Cove Marina in the Broughton Archipelago will have new managers for the 2015 summer season. Pat and Bob retired and have been replaced by Heidi and Lyle. Over the winter, they’ve been busy upgrading docks and adding a new south dock. Owner Jean Barber said Lagoon Cove will be open for business as usual…

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Pierre’s Echo Bay Installs New Hot Tub, Other Upgrades

Every year Pierre Landry adds more to his marina resort at Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago. New buildings, cabins and trails have all been part of past winter projects. This year, watch for a new dock area, a new landscaped fire pit area, and a hot tub! Yes, a wood-clad, aluminum hot tub, with…

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