Revised rules in store at English, American camps

The formal gardens, blockhouse and barracks at San Juan Island National Historical Park
The formal gardens, blockhouse and barracks at San Juan Island National Historical Park's English Camp.
— image credit: Journal file photo

Just in time for summer, kite-flying and driftwood forts would now appear to be good to go at the San Juan Island National Historical Park.

National Historical Park Superintendent Lee Taylor has issued a "compendium" of park-use regulations and has asked for public comment within 30 days before the new rules take effect.

Check out the new rules at and send your comments to Taylor at PO Box 429, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, or by e-mail at the "Contact Us" link at

The new rules will also open both parks from dawn to 11 p.m., permit responsible alcohol use at English Camp, and liberalize the quantity of fruit, berries, mushrooms, empty seashells and beach glass that people can collect to a "for personal consumption" standard.

Horseback riding on the Mitchell Hill trail network at English Camp no longer requires a Special Use Permit. Special Use Permits are still required for any commercial uses and for groups of more than 20.

Check the SJINHP website or call 360-378-2240 for information.

— Steve Wehrly



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