|Kayak Point Regional Park|
Port Susan Bay is one of the most productive estuaries in Puget Sound, attracting waterfowl and large numbers of marine birds. Kayak Point, on the East Side of the bay, offers excellent year-round wildlife viewing. From the 300 foot fishing pier, watch for snow geese, black brant, ducks, loons,...
San Juan Island: Lime Kiln Point State Park
|Description: Lime Kiln Point is one of the most reliable places to see orcas (killer whales), minke whale, and Dall’s porpoises. There are three resident pods, or packs, of orcas, totaling about ninety animals, in the greater Puget Sound area, plus transient pods from Pacific Ocean and Canadian waters. Orcas congregate here in summer to feed on salmon moving into freshwater streams to spawn. Minke whales, the smallest of the baleen family, are also observed here. Minkes usually travel alone and are more difficult to spot with their low profile and small dorsal fin. Dall’s porpoises, harbor porpoises, river otters, bald eagles, and marine birds also pass Lime Kiln Point.|
Wildlife to Watch: Moderate probability of seeing orcas, often daily, between May and September. The large black dorsal fin is visible from far off. A loud exhaling sound is often heard even before the whale’s surface. Orcas are seldom sighted in winter. Look for minke whales in summer.
Special Tips: VEGETATION IS FRAGILE; PLEASE STAY ON TRAILS.
Other Activities: The whale museum in Friday Harbor offers excellent exhibits; open daily.
Ownership: Washington State Parks
Size: 39 acres
Closest Town: Friday Harbor
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: