Lime Kiln Point State Park

Lime Kiln Point is a 36-acre day-use park set on the west side of San Juan Island. The park is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from a land-based facility. Orca whales are common in the waters off Lime Kiln. The park, which features a richly diverse environment, includes the remnants and landscapes of a history filled with change, along the rocky shoreline and through the wooded uplands.

Situated on a rocky point, this park is a popular whale-watching location. Minke whales, orcas, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and otters cruise the shoreline. The peak whale-watching season is May - September, with June and July being the most likely months to see whales.The lighthouse was built in 1919 and still serves as a navigational beacon for ships in the Haro Strait. Interpretive programs and lighthouse tours are available during the summer months.

Ferry Reservations: Starting January 5, 2015 Washington State Ferries will be accepting reservations for the San Juan Island routes. Reservation information can be found at

The Interpretive Center is open Daily from May 28, 2016 to September 11, 2016 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

  1. Activities
  2. History
  3. Maps

ADA Amenities/Facilities

  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities

There are 12 picnic sites and one site that is ADA compliant. Sites are scattered along the rocky shoreline and around the lighthouse. All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • 0.2 miles of ADA hiking trails
  • 1.6 miles of hiking trails

Water Activities & Features

  • Diving

Other Activities & Features

  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive Opportunities

The Lime Kiln Point Interpretive Center, converted from an old Coast Guard garage, features orca statues, a replica of an orca dorsal fin, and interactive displays and activities to educate visitors about orcas. The center also offers interpretive features focusing on the mining of lime in the old lime kiln for which the park was named. 

A self-guided interpretive trail is available year round with interpreters available for lighthouse tours, guided walks and marine mammal programs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Additional Information

  • The Lime Kiln Point Interpretive Center and the Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse Interpretive and Special Events Programs are operated by volunteers from the Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS). Please visit their website for tour schedules and information on volunteering.
  • Popular diving location, but dangerous due to strong currents.
  • The park is surrounded by approximately 200-acres of county land that is open to the public.
  • Whale watching boats and guided kayak trips are available on San Juan Island.
  • Fishing is excellent off of San Juan Island for bottom fish and salmon, but is difficult from shore due to the presence of kelp beds.