Journal of the San Juan Islands


National Parks back in business

October 17, 2013 · 11:21 AM

Visitor facilities and hiking trails reopened at San Juan Island National Historical Park Oct. 1, following Thursday's temporary resolution to the federal government shutdown (Officers quarters at American Camp pictured above). / Journal file photo

San Juan Island National Historical Park reopened Thursday on the heels of an agreement over a temporary spending measure that brought an end to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Along with NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, parent agency of National Parks, was among the many federal departments shuttered during the 16-day shutdown.

“We are happy to be back at work preserving the park and welcoming visitors to English and American camps,” San Juan Island National Historical Park Superintendent Lee Taylor said in a press release. “I would like to thank the community for their patience during the closure.”

A total of eight park employees were furloughed as a result of the shutdown, while two others remained on duty to provide security and emergency services.

San Juan Island National Historical Park consists of American Camp, English Camp, Fourth of July Beach, Mitchell Hill and the newly acquired property on Westcott Bay. The park draws more than 200,000 visitors each year.

The visitor center at American Camp is open Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The English Camp visitor center is closed for the winter, but picnic areas and all park trails are open, along with those at South Beach and Fourth of July Beach.



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