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Dozens of campsites throughout Moran State Park await your arrival on Orcas Island and there is no better place for camping in the San Juan Islands. Three separate campsites located at the northern, central, and southern shores of Cascade Lake can accommodate visiting parties of numerous shapes and sizes; with sites available for primitive camping or RV parking, as well as the newly constructed “glamping” sites. A dump station is located near the western entrance of Moran State Park across from the camp Registration Booth. All of the campsites are adjacent to restrooms with showers. Call the Moran State Park Office to learn which sites can support RVs and motor homes. The Midway Campground is also right next to the Cascade Lake boat launch ramp.
The North End campground, so named because it sits at the north end of Cascade Lake just across from the Day Use Area, is the most popular site for RV and trailer campers due to its large number of spacious sites and close proximity to the RV dumping station. The North End is also adjacent to the Day Use Area making it the best starting point for daily swimming and paddle-boat excursions in Cascade Lake. Campers can also benefit from the nearby kids playground, and the picnic shelters are available for large dining events by appointment. Trailheads starting near the North End include the Cascade Lake Loop, lower Cold Springs Trail, and trails that branch towards Sunrise Rock and Cascade Falls.
Cascade Lake’s Midway campground is the boater’s campsite. Space for RVs and trailers can be found across the road among the madrona trees with easy access to the restrooms and showers. Tent spaces are located on the lakeshore itself. Cascade Lake’s boat ramp is situated right next to Midway and can accommodate most types of boat trailers; campers can also use the boat ramp without any additional fees. Make sure to use electric motors or paddles, no internal combustion engines are allowed on Cascade Lake.
All of the campsites are close to the water, but Cascade Lake’s South End campground has the best views of the lake and nearby mountainside. Many of its campsites are situated close to the water and suitable for swimming, or launching canoes and kayaks. South End is also equipped with an ADA campsite and restroom facilities. The Park Office is located just down the road and the Cascade Loop and Sunrise Rock trails are a short walk away from the parking area.
Located just past the Olga Rd. cutoff, these primitive campsites are suitable for tents and other temporary shelters. Sufficient parking for vehicles is available along with fire pits. The area’s location is an optimal basecamp for bikers heading to Mount Constitution, and the Cascade Lake to Cascade Falls trail passes by just above the campsites.
The Mountain Lake campground supplies a more rustic woodland experience. Primitive toilets and restrooms are available in addition to a boat launch for fishermen; campsites can support RVs and trailers. Set up camp here and hike the lake or travel up the road to the top of Mount Constitution just a few miles away. Mountain Lake’s central location also makes its campgrounds a great starting point for biking the notoriously challenging Cold Springs and Twin Lakes trails. Make sure appropriate sites are available if you’re planning on bringing a camper. The Mountain Lake Loop trail is a suitable daily exercise and it connects to the Cold Springs and Cascade Falls trails.
The Washington State Ferries, departing for Orcas Island from Anacortes, can easily accommodate RVs and motor homes as well as trailer campers and boat trailers (be sure to have propane tanks turned off and tagged before boarding). Make sure to get your ferry reservation as soon as possible if your vehicle is over 22 feet in length as space can be limited on the smaller ferries.
Check in for reserved campsites begins at 2:30 pm on the schedule day of arrival and check out is at 1 pm on the day of departure.