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Matia Island State Park
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MATIA ISLAND STATE PARK
MATIA ISLAND STATE PARK
Eastsound, Washington   98245
(lat:48.747 lon:-122.8387)

Phone: 360-902-8844
Matia Island State Park is a 145-acre marine park with 20,676 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Georgia. The island is part of the San Juan National Wildlife Refuge. Under a mutual agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, five acres at Rolfe Cove are available to boaters as a marine park. Matia Island is a federal wildlife refuge and has use restrictions different from most Washington state parks. With the exception of the campground area at Rolfe Cove and the loop trail and its beaches, the island is closed to public access and use to protect habitat and wildlife.

The park features good fishing and diving in waters around the island. There are interesting geological formations and an old-growth forest.
History of the Area
Captain Eliza of the 1792 Spanish Expedition named the island "Isle de Mata." Mata has many meanings in Spanish, most having to do with lush plant growth. Some believe Matia refers to a woman's name. The U.S. Coast Survey conffered the name Matia in 1954.
Passes
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Camping
Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. Rolfe Cove on Matia Island offers six campsites, a sandy beach, one picnic site, and a composting toilet. There is no drinking water available on the island. The nearest potable water is on Sucia Island and available from April - September. There is no garbage service to the island. Visitors must pack-out what they pack-in.

Pets are not permitted.

Open fires are not permitted on the island, even in the campground. Gas stoves may be used for cooking. Please consult the campground bulletin board for current information.
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Boating
Located in San Juan County on Puget Sound, Matia Island has two buoys and one dock at Rolfe Cove. The dock is 64-feet long and provides 128-feet of overnight moorage. The dock remains in place year-round.

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Moorage fees are charged year round from 100 PM to 800 AM on a first come, first served basis. All boaters must self-register and pay required fees upon arrival. Boaters must also pay for boats rafted to another boat. Boaters need to obey rafting limits posted on mooring buoys.



Picnicking
There is no potable water on Matia Island. The nearest potable water is on Sucia Island and is available from April to September.

There is no garbage service to the island. Visitors must pack-out what they pack-in.

Open fires are not permitted on the island, even in the campground. Charcoal fuel may be used in the barbecue grills in the campground, but not wood. Gas stoves may be used for cooking. Please consult the campground bulletin board for current information.
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Area Campgrounds
The Cedars RV Resort
6336 Portal Way
Ferndale, WA
360-384-2622

Directions
2.5 north of Orcas Island and 1.5 east of Sucia Island in San Juan County.

Matia Island State Park is reachable only by boat. It is located 2.5 miles north of Orcas Island and 1.5 miles east of Sucia Island. The closest launch sites are in Blaine, Obstruction Pass on Orcas Island, Squallicum Harbor in Bellingham, and in Anacortes.

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