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Shaw Island, Washington, located between Victoria, BC and Anacortes, is the smallest of the four San Juan Islands that are accessible by ferry. The island is just under eight square miles and is home to less than 300 permanent residents. In 1841, the Wilkes Expedition named it after United States Naval Officer John Shaw.

Shaw Island has a county park, a historic general store, and a post office, but businesses related to tourism are prohibited in order to keep the rural small-town feel authentic. The University of Washington owns property on the island, and various institutes of Catholic nuns have made the island home as well. Book an RV in Shaw Island to experience true slow-paced rural Pacific Northwest living.

The Great Outdoors

Shaw County Park is a little-known gem on the small island. Just two miles from the ferry landing, it includes 60 acres of beautiful woodland and shoreline. The park has the best public access to the waterfront, and it has fire rings and grills, a baseball diamond, and picnic areas. This is a great place to explore with your RV rental in Shaw Island as they have both day use and overnight camping areas available.

The island is located in the relatively calm Salish Sea, which encompasses Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As such, opportunities for water recreation abound. Kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding are all popular, with rental services available on the larger islands in the archipelago: San Juan Island, Orcas Island, and Lopez Island. Additionally, whale watching tours are available throughout the year. The majestic Southern Resident pod of orcas lives in the area and are frequently seen on these tours.

Biking is very popular on the San Juan Islands, and particularly on Lopez Island as it is the flattest. This is a wonderful way to see explore the islands and see all the beautiful farms, plus views of the ocean and native wildlife. Fortunately, ferries run between the islands so if you rent an RV in Shaw Island, you can easily island hop to explore further.

RV Parks

Although Shaw County Park does not have hookups, they do have reservable campsites that would be appropriate for small RVs. The park offers vault toilets, a group campsite, and seasonal water spigots--you will need to bring your own water if you come in the winter. If you’d like to camp with your motorhome rental in Shaw Island, this is the only publicly available campground.

For a more luxurious camping experience, hop on the ferry over to the Lopez Islander Resort. This resort offers spacious campsites that overlook Fisherman Bay. There is fresh water available and some spaces electric hookups. Amenities also include a pool and coin-op hot showers. This is a wonderful option for camping with the whole family in an RV rental near Shaw Island.

Shaw Island has a general store with a deli, but there are no grocery stores, restaurants, or gas stations on the island. Plan to stock up on fuel, groceries, and supplies on the mainland in Anacortes before heading to the archipelago.

Exploring the City

Tiny Shaw Island is perhaps best known for its nuns. Since 1977, Our Lady of the Rock Monastery has been operated by Benedictine nuns. The monastery is one of the island’s last working farms, and the nuns can frequently be seen milking cows, caring for their llamas and alpacas, or working in the vegetable garden. The nuns offer their hospitality and farm-to-table meals to travelers, in exchange for donations or work on the farm. This is a wonderful place to visit with your camper rental in Shaw Island, especially if you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty!

The library and historical society share a cedar log cabin home in the center of the island. These two organizations were started in 1966 and provide an amazing glimpse into the past of the island. Around 2,000 people visit the library and museum each year, and around 1,200 books and videos are checked out annually. Since there’s virtually no nightlife on the island, this is the perfect place to pick up a DVD or a book to read during your stay. The organizations have limited weekly hours, so check online before you go.

As mentioned before, there are no restaurants on the island. However, the other larger islands do have some eatery options that of course feature classic Pacific Northwest fare: fresh shellfish, salmon, and local berries. You expect farm-to-table dining as well as delightful locally crafted beer, wine, and cider.

RV Rentals in Shaw Island, WA

Shaw Island, WA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Shaw Island. Outdoorsy's Shaw Island RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Shaw Island are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, Mount Pilchuck State Park, Wallace Falls State Park Management Area, Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, and Tiger Mountain State Forest.

What's around Shaw Island, WA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Rattlesnake Ledge Trail North Bend Washington
Poo Poo Point Trail Issaquah Washington
Lake Serene Trail Gold Bar Washington
Little Si Trail North Bend Washington
Wallace Falls Trail Gold Bar Washington
Mount Si Trail North Bend Washington
Mount Pilchuck Trail Granite Falls Washington
Lake 22 Trail Granite Falls Washington
Twin Falls Trail North Bend Washington
Heather Lake Trail Granite Falls Washington

Nearby Campgrounds

Lake Ki RV Resort and Camp

campground Arlington, WA
Camping is one of the iconic pleasures that Washington State has to offer and you will be in for a true rustic camping experience from the moment you pull your RV into Lake Ki RV Resort and Camp. This resort is located on the outskirts of Marysville, Washington and promises to provide you with a real Pacific Northwest adventure. This park is perfect for those who are looking for an authentic wilderness camping experience, but would like some of the amenities found at 5-star resort. They offer full service hookups at each RV lot and have bath houses available for you to take a nice hot shower after a day of sight seeing. While at Lake Ki RV Resort and Camp, you will get to take advantage of all of the activities going on at nearby Lake Stevens. You can take a boat out onto the water, do some paddling in your kayak, or even catch some fresh trout for dinner. The resort is located near the casino and the shopping district.

Pioneer Trails RV Resort

campground Anacortes, WA
Located in the heart of the San Juan Islands, Pioneer Trails RV Resort is the place to kick back, relax, and make the most of your vacation. Full hookups, cable TV, hot showers, restrooms, laundry facilities and Wi-Fi are provided without ruining the charm of good old-fashioned family camping. There are scenic drives, hiking, biking, boating and watersports all around, with a plethora of shopping and dining experiences for those who need a break from all the adventure.

Dungeness Spit

attraction Sequim, WA
Boasting one of the world's longest natural sand spits, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is home to a quiet bay and harbor, gravel beaches and tidal flats. Formed by glacial activity ten to twenty thousand years ago, it is one of only a few such geological formations in the world. It is a wonderful destination for anyone looking to swim, boat or fish. There are even forests nearby if you get the itch to go hiking.

Hidden Village RV Park & Campground

campground Lynden, WA
Bellingham, Washington is the gateway to British Columbia, Canada and offers plenty of nature activities for those who love the great outdoors. If you plan to be in the area and would like to go camping RV style, check out Hidden Village RV Park & Campground. You will get to spend time in nature with all of the amenities that a fine hotel has to offer. Hidden Village RV Park & Campground offers several grassy RV parking stalls set in a wilderness backdrop. They offer cable TV and wi-fi as well as a fitness center and recreation room. There are an abundance of golf courses in the area, and you will have easy access to all of the activities going on in Vancouver, B.C. and the surrounding areas. If you are looking for a unique resort that has quick access to the mountain ranges of Washington, this is the place to camp.

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