Share:

San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area

San Juan Islands

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

Start Exploring
San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area

Share:

Advertisement
  • Cattle Point.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
  • Hiking trails at the destination.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
  • Path leading to the beach.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
  • An orca and a fishing vessel with an Olympic Mountain Range backdrop.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
  • Looking east toward the Interpretive Center at Cattle Point.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
  • The Cattle Point Lighthouse, built in 1935.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
  • Cattle Point: Aggregating anemone (Anthopleura elegantissima) and Pacific rockweed (Fucus gardneri).- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
  • Families playing on the rocky shoreline at Cattle Point.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
  • A view to the Olympic Mountain Range from Cattle Point.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
  • The Cattle Point Lighthouse, built in 1935.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Abundant wildlife. Tide pools. Expansive views.
Cons: 
Limited parking. Island requires ferry access.
Advertisement
Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

Pro Contributor

San Juan Island’s Cattle Point is located on Cape San Juan, which is the southeastern tip of the island. At this location you will find the Cattle Point lighthouse, which was built in 1935. Thanks to the dramatic backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, the Salish Sea, and a number of nearby islands, this is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the state of Washington. The lighthouse itself is still active and helps to guide vessels entering the Haro Strait and San Juan Islands from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Exploring the rocky shorelines at Cattle Point, you’ll find numerous tide pools filled with starfish, crabs, jellyfish washed ashore, and numerous eagles and other birds of prey. Looking out to the sea from Cattle Point, you’ll likely see an assortment of wildlife from orcas and sea lions to seals and porpoises.

Cattle Point is available for day-use only.  The interpretive area at the small parking lot includes a picnic area with a shelter and restrooms, beach access, and hiking trails with viewpoints. The location received its name in the mid 1800s when the Hudson’s Bay Company utilized a dock here to unloaded cattle and other livestock.

Puget Sound Lighthouses

In total, the Puget Sound is home to 19 U.S. lighthouses still standing, not all of which are currently in use. Lighthouses and light stations include (from north to south):

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(13 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(103 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
18 Members
Who's Done It
5 Members
Submission by
Pro Contributor
521 Adventures Explored
194 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info