Activities & Recreation

Nicknamed “the Friendly Isle,” 15-mile-long Lopez Island's landscape includes both forests and farmlands. Its 63 miles of coastline include bays and beaches to explore at nearby parks. Cycling, hiking, golf, kayaking, whale watching, fishing, and of course boating are all popular activities here. Lopez Village has shops, galleries, eateries, grocery stores, and historical sites to visit. The nearby islands of San Juan/Friday Harbor and Orcas Island offer more recreational, site-seeing, and dining opportunities.

Crabbing is excellent in Shoal Bay and is some of the best in the islands; a Washington State crabbing license is required.

Although clamming on the property/beach is prohibited and under environmental protection, there is a shellfish farm (, just minutes from the house, offering a variety of clams, oysters and mussels, along with fresh salmon, halibut and cod caught daily. 

Clamming is allowed with proper licensing at Odlin County Park (within walking distance from the house) and Spencer Spit State Park (approx. a 5 minute drive from the house).

Here are more activity ideas from the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce:

  • Rent a bike (see rental links below) or bring your own for exploring the rolling countryside and open farmland of Lopez.
  • Rent a kayak (see rental links below) or bring your own and paddle in protected Fisherman Bay or explore the more dramatic shoreline of the island.

In Lopez Village:

  • Browse the book store, shops, and galleries in this walking village.
  • Saturdays May thru September, enjoy the eclectic choice of wares from the many local vendors at the Farmers Market.
  • Buy yourself a treat from the bakery or visit the village restaurants and sit outside to take in the local flavor.
  • Get an ice cream cone or hand made fudge for another treat.
  • Visit the Lopez Winery tasting room and taste their award winning wines.
  • Take a beach walk from the stairway by the Bay Café or just sit on the steps and watch the boats sail in and out of the bay.

Visit these links for more information on the San Juan Islands and local activities:



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