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Matia Island State Park

San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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  • Clear waters in a bay at Matia Island.- Matia Island State Park
  • Clear waters in a bay at Matia Island.- Matia Island State Park
  • Tidepool at Matia Island.- Matia Island State Park
  • Pacific madrone on Matia Island along the trail loop.- Matia Island State Park
  • Web-like shoreline along Matia Island.- Matia Island State Park
  • Seals off the shoreline of Matia Island.- Matia Island State Park
  • Seals off the shoreline of Matia Island.- Matia Island State Park
  • Jellyfish at Matia Island.- Matia Island State Park
  • - Matia Island State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife. Island Views. Out of the ferry line travel.
Cons: 
Tide conditions. Changing weather. Limited visibility if foggy (not uncommon).
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

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All 145 acres of Matia Island are under the protection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a National Wildlife Refuge that is part of the San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Situated within the Strait of Georgia and exceptionally exposed to the elements, Matia has nearly 4 miles of shoreline that can dramatically change with tides that vary by as much as 14 feet.

Of the 145 total acres, only 5 acres of the island are available for public use. This area includes a 2-acre camping area around Rolfe Cove that has six primitive campsites, a picnic area, and a composting toilet. Pets, wood collecting, and fires are not allowed. For boaters, the island features a 116-foot pier and a 45-foot ramp. Except for the campground, boating facilities, and a 1.2-mile trail loop, all areas above the high tide line are closed to the public. There is no fresh water available on the island, and visitors must pack out their garbage.

When it comes to the island’s name, if you ask a locals, they will tell you "May-shah." However, the correct pronunciation, "Ma-TEE-ah," is more consistent with the island's Spanish name, Isla de Mata.

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