On the Northwest tip of Stuart Island in Washington state the Turn Point Light Station has provided support for ships transiting the blind corner from Haro Strait to Boundary Pass along the United States and Canadian border since 1893. The station's signals were automated in 1974 and remain in operation today.
Stuart Island is comprised of private land holdings as well as a large state park spanning the isthmus between each harbor on the island: Prevost Harbor to the north and Reid Harbor to the south. State park mooring buoys are available at the head of each harbor and excellent anchorage can be found throughout each harbor.
The hike from either Prevost Harbor or Reid Harbor to the light station is approximately 6 miles round trip. The out portion of the hike is mainly up hill through second growth forest past homesteads, the island school, and a private airstrip. Access to Stuart Island is either by boat or small private plane.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has maintained the Turn Point Light Station since 1991. The grounds have been preserved and the buildings have undergone renovations. The point is a quiet place with picnic tables and large grassy areas for relaxing after the hike. Off shore the view extends to South Pender and Sinclair islands in Canada across Boundary Pass and Vancouver Island across Haro Strait. Large ocean going tankers can be seen rounding Turn Point throughout the day. The area is on the route of a large pod of Orcas. These large mammals can been seen from shore as they traverse between the U.S. and Canada.
A unique family run business provides t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats all adorned with Stuart Island/San Juan Islands logos. Payment is by the honor system; an envelope is provided with your selection and it's expected you mail your check or pay on line for the item after you've left the island. No cash or checks are accepted at the clothing kiosks.