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Elle wrote a review Aug 2019
37 contributions12 helpful votes
A recent review said Judd Cove had no public access.... not true! What is true is that in Orcas fashion, the road looks like a drive way and the "Private/No Trespassing" signs are ten times more obvious than the Land Bank signage. Turn on to bumpy, gravel Fowler's and stay straight, park at the small rock wall next to the metal livestock gate. Access starts at the gate where there is a cute, unobtrusive sign welcoming you. You can't launch water craft from the beach. I don't suggest swimming your dog here either.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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pcraze wrote a review Aug 2019
Phoenix, Arizona28 contributions3 helpful votes
Tried to drive to Judd Cove via Fowler Road (Judd Cove Rd is private) and after turning onto Fowler Rd the road forks. The Fowler fork has a Private Property sign. The other fork has a closed gate. I noticed new homes in the process of being built in the cove below Fowler Rd. It was low tide so we drove Orcas Rd just a few minutes north to the beach park at the town of Eastsound (next to Outlook Inn) where you can wade out to Indian Island. Several picnic tables available to sip your morning coffee and watch families play on the beach and wade out to explore the tiny island.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Dials wrote a review Jul 2017
Belfair, WA69 contributions22 helpful votes
A little off the beaten path, just before you get into Eastsound. Not a lot of parking, but a nice walk down to the "Lime Kiln" built in the 1890s and the beach. Make sure you respect the adjacent private property.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Jackie J wrote a review May 2016
Bellingham, Washington12 contributions7 helpful votes
We went to Orcas Island completely spontaneously a couple days ago. We were thinking of going to the state park at first, since that's number one on the list of things to do there, but we decided to check out Judd Cove first, since that's less of a drive. It was exactly what I had been looking for. I wanted to take my kids to a beach to enjoy rock throwing and whatnot, and even though it was rainy and dreary in Bellingham and the surrounding areas, Orcas Island was absolutely beautiful. There wasn't a drop of rain, and it was warm enough for us to be fine with light sweaters (this was late April). We just happened to get there at low tide, which was pretty lucky. There were a ton of tiny crabs and hermit crabs all over the place. It's hard to accurately convey just how many there are. It was extremely entertaining for my kids and myself to see them walking sideways and staring at us. There were also loads of shells everywhere. There's a lovely waterfall, but it's pretty muddy at low tide, and we only had on tennis shoes, so we didn't go over there. I highly recommend boots if you get there at low tide. If you're there at high tide, I'm not sure if it'll be very entertaining. You should definitely check a tide chart beforehand. For reference, Orcas Island Pottery is right across the street from Judd Cove, so if you're going to check that place out, you might as well give this cove a shot. Afterwards, we continued on Orcas Road and turned right onto Main Street. That got us to a ton of really charming shops that I wish we could have checked out. We couldn't because we got there too late; they all seem to close around 5 or 6. Judd Cove was great, though. There were plenty of logs to sit on and eat a lunch, and there was a nice selection of either shade or sun (in the afternoon). It was very peaceful.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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JosephJFuller wrote a review Mar 2016
Nooksack, Washington112 contributions33 helpful votes
This was an interesting site. We took the easy walk down to the kiln and enjoyed the view of the cove as well. Due to the heavy rains, the waterfall was gushing right along! Lovely setting.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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