About Shaw Island

Green and peaceful Shaw Island is the smallest of the San Juan Islands served by the Washington State Ferries.  Shaw is known for being a quiet residential area with many homes serving as retreats for its part time residents.  The island even hosts a convent of Benedictine nuns.

The Shaw Store, located by the ferry landing, serves as the only general goods store on the island and has been operating at its current location for over 90 years.  Not far from the ferry landing, at the center of the island’s road network, sits the Shaw Island Public Library and Historical Society in a picturesque setting with log cabin buildings in the middle of a wooded glen.

The Shaw Island County Park is the only public access area on Shaw with picnic areas and beach access, including a boat launch, as well as 11 campsites, vaulted toilets, and drinking water (no water is available in winter).

Shaw Island is only a two-minute ferry ride from the Orcas Island ferry dock and is also centrally located among the main islands of San Juan County making it the perfect destination for a day trip detour while exploring the larger islands.  Enjoy the serene peace of Shaw Island among the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington State!