The rest of the San Juan Islands are home to a few hundred individuals. Some islands have only a single home, others a few dozen residences occupied seasonally. None have more than 80 or so people. Privacy is closely guarded on most of these islands, and visitors are not appreciated.
As the state ferry heads west from Anacortes to the San Juans, it threads its way between two privately owned islands, Blakely and Decatur. Blakely Island has a public marina with a store, post office, fuel, laundry, and showers on the north end, but the rest of the island is private and off-limits.
Waldron Island, northwest of Orcas, is nearly all private land, and much of the island is flat and marshy, though the south end rises to 600 feet at Disney Mountain. Over 400 acres along Cowlitz Bay and Disney Mountain are lands managed by the Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org/washington) and San Juan Preservation Trust (www.sjpt.org), with public access for day use only.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition