Often cited as one of the world’s best boating destinations for scenery and breathtaking beauty, Sucia Island is a gem in the San Juan Islands that most sailors on a Pacific Northwest itinerary long to see. The island was formed through complicated geological processes (geologists call it a “plunging marine syncline”). Regardless of how the forces in the Earth shaped Sucia into the horseshoe it is today, the peninsulas, bays, and coves make it a place where you could explore for days.
Moorings are available for a fee in many of the bays and coves. Holding is good in most of the bays and coves in sandy mud, but the bottom in some places is choked with eelgrass and seaweed. Check your charts. The word “Sucia” is Spanish for “foul” and the island received its name because of the many rocks and reefs around it.
Dinghy dockage: Dinghy dockage is available in Fossil Bay.
A sailor’s paradise, Sucia Island State Park has six coves and bays with moorings: Fossil Bay, Echo Bay, Snoring Bay, Ewing Cove, Shallow Bay, and Fox Cove. There are ten miles of hiking trails and numerous picnic tables, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch.
Dockage is available for a fee at Fossil Bay, which also has water.