Crabbing season is open and getting on the water makes you feel unconfined and free! Paddleboard, kayak, canoe, or boat are all great ways to enjoy the islands around La Conner! There are many islands and waterways to explore – Goat, Sugarloaf, Dot, Deadman, Little Deadman, Sandy, Kikit, and Skagit Islands to name a few!
The excitement of lifting your crab pot out of the water with a catch is rewarding! And even more rewarding is eating the delicious Dungeness crab and sharing with friends.
Both Hope Island and Skagit Island are state parks. Hope Island offers two buoys and six primitive campsites. The rest of the island is a Natural Area Preserve and off-limits to recreational use. Skagit Island has two moorage buoys available and one primitive campsite. There is also the Cascadia Marine Trail site which is only for guests arriving by wind or human-powered watercraft.
The Cascadia Marine trail also has a site at Pioneer Park right in La Conner. The Cascadia Marine Trail is a National Recreation Trail and designated one of only 16 National Millennium Trails by the White House. Suitable for day or multi-day trips, the Cascadia Marine Trail has grown to 66 campsites and 160 day-use sites.
The trail continues a 10,000-year tradition of traveling the Salish Sea, through the Puget Sound, Hood Canal and the San Juan Islands.