Lime Kiln Point State Park

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Lime Kiln Point State Park
Lime Kiln Lighthouse 2.jpg
Map showing the location of Lime Kiln Point State Park
Map showing the location of Lime Kiln Point State Park
Location in the state of Washington
LocationSan Juan, Washington, United States
Coordinates48°30′59″N 123°08′50″W / 48.51639°N 123.14722°W / 48.51639; -123.14722Coordinates: 48°30′59″N 123°08′50″W / 48.51639°N 123.14722°W / 48.51639; -123.14722[1]
Area42 acres (17 ha)
Elevation187 ft (57 m)[1]
Established1984[2]
OperatorWashington State Parks and Recreation Commission
WebsiteLime Kiln Point State Park

Lime Kiln Point State Park is a 42-acre Washington state park on the western shore of San Juan Island in the San Juan archipelago. The park is considered one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas from a land-based facility.[2] Due to the unique bathymetric properties of the site, visitors on the shore can be within 20 feet of whales jumping out of the water (breaching and spyhopping). The park was the site of lime kilns beginning in 1860, and one kiln has been restored as a public exhibit.

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park provides opportunities for picnicking, hiking, beachcombing, orca watching, and tours of the still operational Lime Kiln Light. An interpretive center has displays and activities about orcas and the area's former lime kiln industry.[2] The park is supported in part by the Friends of Lime Kiln. Volunteers and marine naturalists are often onsite to assist and educate visitors.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lime Kiln Point State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c "Lime Kiln Point State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Friends of Lime Kiln Society". Retrieved August 9, 2018.

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