Welcome to Lopez Island
Welcome to Lopez Island, the first ferry stop from Anacortes aboard the Washington State Ferries. Sailing time is approximately 45 minutes so enjoy the ride as you wander past some of the smaller islands that make up this archipelago comprised of 175 named islands. And keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, seals, otters and the occasional orca whale.
You can also fly to Lopez on daily scheduled flights from Sea-Tac Airport or seaplane from Lake Union in downtown Seattle. Water taxi service is also available from Anacortes. Boaters coming to the Island will find protected moorage at two marinas in Fisherman Bay, within ½ mile walking distance to Lopez Village. Both marinas offer a variety of amenities including restrooms and picnic areas. Bike and kayak rentals are also nearby. Boaters can also find public mooring buoys at Spencer Spit State Park and Odlin County Park. Public launch ramps are available at Odlin County Park, MacKaye Harbor and Hunter Bay.
Lopez is the most rural of the three major islands, covering 29.5 square miles. The landscape blends woods with rolling farmlands and open spaces with shimmering vistas. It is also known as the friendliest of the San Juan Islands. Don’t forget to wave to passing motorists – a local custom for many years! There’s a genuine spirit of community here and a special feeling for life that pervades the population of 2,200. Lopez is home to many artist, craftspeople, musicians, farmers, fisherman, nature lovers, and eccentrics. Lopez School serves approximately 265 children, kindergarten through grade 12.
When planning a trip to Lopez, remember to dress casually. The weather typically is warm in the summer, with an average high temperature of 72, and wet in the winter with highs in the 40s-50s. Average yearly rainfall is between 19-25 inches - about half of that in the neighboring Seattle area. We see an occasional snow shower in the winter but it never lasts long. Spring and Fall can be warm, cold, wet or dry…or just about anything in between! It’s best to layer clothing and always have a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt handy.
What’s there to do on Lopez? As much or as little as you wish to do. Lopez has several public beach areas that allow for long walks along the shoreline or wooded trails of the State and County Parks. Agate Beach, Shark Reef Park, Otis Perkins Park, Spencer Spit State Park, Odlin County Park, and Upright Head are among the favorites. Fishing, boating, kayaking, golf, tennins, and biking are favorite outdoor activities or just sit with a pair of binoculars and observe the ever present wildlife. A good book can also come in handy or visit our Library for a wide selection of choices. Look back in history with a visit to our Historical Museum or the restored Port Stanley Schoolhouse. Refer to our Directory for information on lodging, restaurants, shops, recreation activities, etc.
Lopez Village is the commercial hub of the Island, located about 4 miles from the ferry landing nestled along Fisherman Bay. It is home to a variety of shops, galleries, bakery, coffee shops and restaurants as well as a fully stocked grocery store, pharmacy, organic grocery, and other services. You will also find the Post Office, Medical Clinic, Bank, Historical Museum, Community Center and Chamber of Commerce office all within walking distance. Lopez Village Park has public restrooms, showers and picnic tables to sit and enjoy the view or people watch. Don’t miss the Saturday Farmer’s Market during the summer months, featuring local artists, craftspeople and farmers. While visiting the south end of the Island, Islandale gas station and convenience store can fill your essential needs.
Accommodations on the Island consist of a motel, bed and breakfasts, inns, cottages and vacation home rentals. We also have a State and a County campground, both located on waterfront property as well as a private inland campground. If you are visiting in the summer season reserve rooms, restaurants and campsites well in advance.
The Chamber of Commerce hosts two popular annual events in the off season. Tour de Lopez is a non-competitive bicycle tour through the scenic landscape of the Island the last weekend in April. Details of the event are available on the Chamber website. It is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to experience the magic and beauty of Lopez Island in the quiet season. Also, the Winter Village Gathering is held the Friday after Thanksgiving at dusk. The Village is transformed into a wonderland of holiday lights and decorations when the Chamber turns on the switch. Locals and visitors alike gather to sing carols, sip hot chocolate and nibble on cookies to welcome the spirit of the season.
We welcome you to Lopez and hope that you have a wonderful and relaxing visit. This is a very special place and all that Lopezians ask is for visitors to respect this beautiful ecologically fragile island. Please conserve water, recycle, leash your dogs, and respect private property and “No Trespassing” signs. Leave the environment as you found it so it can be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come. Thank you!