Lime Kiln Point State Park

Lime Kiln Point State Park, Friday Harbor: Address, Phone Number, Lime Kiln Point State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Lime Kiln Point State Park
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This 36.32-acre park, located on the west side of San Juan Island, boasts over 2,550 feet of scenic shoreline.
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WaJello
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Family
From the ferry terminal Lime Kiln is in the other side of the island. If you have a vehicle you need a Discovery Pass but can buy one there for $30. It is a nice walk through a trees path. The path quickly opens up to a beautiful view with seats along the trail. This is a great place for pictures and would be even better to get a photographer to do family photos. We could have stayed here all day long. We didn’t see any whales but the colors were so gorgeous it makes all your photos look professional.
Written July 5, 2022
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AndreaUbok
Florida2,707 contributions
Couples
Very pretty park with the snack bar, picnic tables and views. We had a discovery state park pass on our rental car so we did not need to pay $10 to park. We did not see any whales they were no tails nor water shooting. Since we’re going on a whale watching boat ride tomorrow we didn’t see the need to stay and look for wells.
Written June 28, 2021
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SouthhillsCritic
Finleyville, PA1,700 contributions
What can I say about Lime Kiln State Park. It's the best place to go to on all of the Islands. They have a location for you to watch the whales. Within the lighthouse, scientists perform studies on the active orca whales.

There is a significant amount of information based on anything and everything whales at this location. They have equipment underneath the surface or water linked to the lighthouse that captures the sounds of the Orca's. This is the number one place to watch for the Orca's. The last two years 2019 and 2018, we didn't see any whales from here. Previously, we seen them all the time. It's just that the salmon they're in search for isn't in the area anymore.

I recommend coming here. We've picnicked here on many of occasions. Sometimes, we sat here for 4-6 hours. It's peaceful and nice.
Written February 23, 2020
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Brian E
Santa Rosa, CA400 contributions
If you are heading to Friday Harbor, do carve out some time to visit Lime Kiln. But first you might ask, why is it named "Lime Kiln." It is because in the previous turn of the century there was an active kiln where they refined and exported lime for steel-making and other purposes. You can actually easily hike to the now defunct kiln. The trails are easy and the views of the water are spectacular. You'll need to buy a day Discovery Pass in order to park, but the automated machines make it very easy.
Written October 11, 2021
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Camino_Jim
Weatherford, TX61 contributions
You are not likely to see whales, but you can listen for them with the microphone provided by the Interpretative Center. The area is pretty, the history is interesting, and there are lots of easy trails to hike. Some picnic tables to have lunch. You can take $10 dollars cash to pay the park fee or use the solar machine which accepts credit cards now. It s interesting how they clear cut the island to fire the kilns near there. I know it is disgusting to think about how the "greatest generation" viewed the natural resources of this planet.
Written July 28, 2020
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Kevin R
Seattle, WA622 contributions
Showed up at the end of the day and totally lucked out. J pod was slowly swimming by. 10-20 whales. It was amazing. According to the calendar in the lighthouse, there were only a few sightings this month so we feel incredibly lucky.
Written September 20, 2020
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Travelnat
United States126 contributions
A short walk from the parking lot lies this beautiful lighthouse on the western shore of the island. Be sure to have your Washington State Discovery Pass, otherwise you will need to pay a day fee. The lighthouse is perched on a rocky outcropping. When open, there is a display and information inside. There are some benches for seating. This is also a renown whale watching site, although due to the decline of the local salmon population and other factors, a sighting might be more rare. You can see across the strait into Canada. There are also some hikes that start here, although we didn’t explore them. This is a bit out of the way with the closest attraction being English Camp, but it is not a very big island and it is well worth the stop.
Written April 26, 2021
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Kenny Macdonald
Spokane Valley, WA606 contributions
Couples
Great place to relax, watch for marine life, enjoy the cool breeze and wonderful scents of the island. Parking is $10 without a discovery pass. Tables and benches along the shoreline for comfortable viewing. We saw porpoises. Great spot to sit and unwind. Take some snacks and enjoy
Written August 17, 2020
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Jeff W
Seattle, WA91 contributions
All the coastal parks on San Juan are wonderful, and they all have their own flavor. We did not see whales (which the guide books hint at) - but we did see other marine life & passing boats. We just sat in the sun, taking in the fresh air and wonderful views
Written September 17, 2020
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One world foodie
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Beautiful location and scenery. Hiked the uneven very rocky trail along the waters edge to the lighthouse. Not easy if you have any mobility or joint issues! But there are picnic tables and some benches to rest along the way. There's an easier trail, a flatter back road you can take back to the parking lot but it's not scenic like the shoreline one. Was very disappointed to find lighthouse not open due to Covid so was unable to go in and use the whale hydrophones I had read about. Would love to go back after lighthouse reopens.
Written April 26, 2021
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