Outdoor Living

Trails for Hiking & Biking

In and beyond the city limits lie over 3,000 acres of parks and community forest lands, five freshwater lakes, and hiking trails, much of which has been set aside through resident donations for permanent conservation.In addition, Washington Park, a 220-acre gem facing Rosario Strait, includes a full-service campground, boat launch, picnic shelters, and loop road for walking, biking, or driving, plus a playground and beaches. In the middle of Fidalgo, Mount Erie Park rises some 1,300 feet, offering spectacular views of the San Juan islands and Skagit Valley. Stroll across the bay on the Tommy Thompson Trail, a former railroad trestle.

Bowman Bay & Rosario Beach

The south side of Fidalgo Island features Bowman Bay and Rosario Beach. Trails for hiking, beach combing, wildlife viewing, views of Deception Pass bridge, spectacular sunsets, all provide a nature lover with year round outdoor excitement.

Deception Pass Bridge & Deception Pass State Park

The much-photographed Deception Pass Bridge with its dramatic views and beaches is just minutes away from Anacortes.

Wildlife Viewing

Whether it is on the water or on land, Fidalgo Island and the surrounding area, provides some of the best wildlife and bird viewing opportunities.

On The Water

Fidalgo is surrounded by salt water bays, straits, inlets, and channels.
The San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, and Inland Passage to Canada and Alaska are at your doorstep.

Whale Watching

The Salish Sea is home to J,K and L Pod. Over 80 Orca whales. Anacortes is one of the homeports for whale watching tours.

Fishing & Crabbing

The Salish Sea is a fishing and crabbing paradise. Fresh seafood for your dining pleasure. License is required.

Water Activities

A kayaker's dream - kayak through the islands. You don't have to travel far to enjoy a day out on the water. Willing to learn a new water sport? Try Paddle Boards.

Anacortes is home to the Anacortes O.A.R.S. The Old Anacortes Rowing Society.


The San Juans and up to Alaska, provide boaters with some of the most scenic boating waters in the world. Anacortes is home to one of the top ten marinas in the U.S., Cap Sante Marina.