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San Juan Island National Historical Park

In 2020, park staff have made headway on major projects. One of them, was an educational-trail upgrade! The Jakle's Lagoon Nature Trail has been improved with wayside panels with original illustrations over 12 signs along the trail!

San Juan Island is well known for splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig.

Visitors can now visit these protected areas as part of San Juan Island National Historical Park. The park is comprised of two units, American Camp and English Camp.

At English Camp, visitors can expect to find the historical structures of the British Royal Marines, trails through Garry Oak trees meandering across Young Hill, trails following the water, historic orchards, and the smell of Western Redcedar in the trails of Mitchell Hill.

At American Camp, visitors will find one of the most well-preserved earthen-defense systems in the country at the Redoubt, U.S. Army officer's quarters on the parade ground, inter-tidal lagoons, pocket beaches along the Bluff Trail, and possibly a fox roaming through the prairie.


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