Most travelers and visitors to Lopez Island and
the San Juan Islands arrive by Washington State Ferries, which originate in
Anacortes. The current ferry schedule is listed here.
Ferries are often crowded on the weekends,
it is best to arrive at the terminal early to assure yourself a place
on the ferry. If you are driving by automobile, from Seattle or Vancouver,
take Highway 5 to exit #230 west heading toward Anacortes and the San Juan
Islands Ferry. You may also park your car at the designated parking lots and
walk by foot onto the ferry. The only problem is, the Lopez Island landing dock,
is nowhere near the main village, there isn't much you can see and do on arrival
without transportation. Although, Moped and bicycle rentals are available on the
island. The best place to go for bicycle rentals would be Lopez Bicycle Works,
on Fisherman Bay Road.
Air transportation is available from San Juan Airlines or Kenmore Air, who have daily flights to Lopez Island and the rest of the San Juans.
Coming by boat is available from a vast number of charters and
tours. Private boaters can find moorage at any number of ports and marinas
around the island. If you are not sure, or don't know of any place to dock on,
there is year-round moorage available at IMC and the Islander in Fisherman
Bay. (Photo of Boat Launch on South End)
Although Lopez now has a great variety of facilities for tourists including inns,
resorts, bed and breakfast's, as well as overnight
parks and campgrounds, all of these places are in demand much of the year.
Please make reservations well ahead of time.