Lime Kiln Point State Park, Friday Harbor

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Lime Kiln Point State Park is a 36-acre Washington state park on the western shore of San Juan Island in the San Juan archipelago. The park is considered one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas from a land-based facility. Due to the unique bathymetric properties of the site, visitors on the shore can be within 20 feet of whales jumping out of the water (breaching and spyhopping). The park was the site of lime kilns beginning in 1860, and one kiln has been restored as a public exhibit.Activities and amenitiesThe park provides opportunities for picnicking, hiking, beachcombing, orca watching, and tours of the still operational Lime Kiln Light. An interpretive center has displays and activities about orcas and the area's former lime kiln industry.The park is supported in part by the Friends of Lime Kiln. Volunteers and marine naturalists are often onsite to assist and educate visitors.
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  • Even though we didn’t see any Orcas on the day we were there, there are plenty of trails to walk on and tidal pools to explore. We found limpets, anemones, a sea cucumber and some small fish. It was f...  more »
  • It was a windy day and no whales but still a fun visit. The hike to the lookout is fairly easy and a good look out station when you get there.  more »
  • This is a great spot to visit on the west side of San Juan island. There is a parking fee. There are a couple miles of trails, a lighthouse, and a lime kiln. Local residents say this is the best place...  more »
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  • Amazing place to visit! So much more to do than just the kiln. Lots of trails to follow, beautiful tree and foliage. Fantastic views across the bay and also into Canada. Whale watching can be done from many different sites. Also of note is the fact that just past the restored kiln is a second kiln which is decayed and crumbling. This is not on Park grounds and not part of the restoration project. I find it fascinating to see what a difference time has made of the second kiln. You can also see the remnants of long abandoned walk-ways and piers. If you plan on visiting the island, definitely come to the kiln and explore the park. One could easily spend almost the whole day exploring!
  • Gorgeous views across the water and interesting trails that curlicue through the trees and climb onto the low bluffs with viewpoints and information placards. There's also a lighthouse. Bring binoculars for opportunities to see whales, otters, seals, and bald eagles. A great spot for a picnic lunch!
  • Gorgeous views, neat lighthouse. Had a great chat with a very dedicated volunteer giving free lighthouse tours and whale watching and conservation info
  • Beautiful views. Beautiful park. Don't miss this stop. Best place to view Orca whales from land.
  • Great little hikes beautiful and fun! Great weather on September 2nd. Great little stop and enjoy the San Juan Islands.
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