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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.Put Lime Kiln Point State Park into our Friday Harbor day trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Friday Harbor.
The 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.
Lime Kiln Point State Park Reviews
We walked down to the lighthouse which was closed - park information centers close early on San Juan Island (September 30?) so we were unable to learn about the history of the site. However, the rocky... more »
Take a hike north of the lighthouse along the trail to the lime kiln and read the history adjacent to the kiln. It was quite fascinating how the rock was mined, loaded into the kiln and cooked. The tr... more »
One of my all time favorite spots on the island. Please sponsor or participate in whale watching from land, it is the easiest way to respect the marine wildlife and help the southern resident killer whales. There are lots of hidden spots in this area that are gorgeous and devoid of tourists. The old lime kiln is worth checking out. Dr. Otis is a highly intelligent and just overall amazing individual whose whale talks are worth going to. He knows his stuff and can answer any questions.
The light 'house' is super small. There's a small window in this 'house' atop the gorgeous bluff that faces the ocean that has been turned into a mop closet, that seems strange. The area around this whale observation point is well maintained and easy walking. We saw porpoises, a sea lion that was headed south along the kelp with purpose. Lots of birds and a beautiful sunset. Don't forget to bring your binoculars, if the weather is right you might see Victoria.
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