Saddlebag Island Marine State Park

Saddlebag Island (including Dot Island) is a 24-acre marine park located in Padilla Bay with 6,750 feet of shoreline. The park is named for the two rocky knobs separated by a narrow “saddle” of land that form the shape of the island. The park is a boat-in camping park within the San Juan islands, popular for its crabbing opportunities. Beautiful wildflowers bloom on the island between April and May, much earlier than other sites in the San Juan archipelago. The park is a popular site for wildlife viewing, with harbor seals and river otters abundant in the surrounding waters. Visitors frequently report sightings of bald eagles and peregrine falcons in the area.
  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
One picnic site is available. There is no potable water or garbage service on the island. Visitors must pack out what they pack in.

  • 0.9 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
  • Boating
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Fishing (saltwater)
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
Other Activities
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife viewing
Additional Information
  • Crabbing is excellent in Padilla Bay, adjacent to Saddle Bay Island.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.