2019 Hunting Information

Hunting Information for Lopez Hill 2019

Lopez Hill Preserve is open only for the early season hunt September 1-
October 31st. Specific dates for 2019 are:

Archery                       September 1-27
Muzzle Loader        September 28-October 6
Modern Firearm    October 12-31

Please review and follow all Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting
regulations and note that San Juan County is a Firearm Restriction Area. Lopez Island is Game Management Unit (GMU) 414. Our black-tailed deer may not be quite as big as the mainland deer, but there are more of them.

Download and view the full information: Lopez Hill Hunting 2019

For other general information, see Hunting on Lopez Hill


Lopez Hill Celebration June 21st

WOW! It has now been a year since San Juan County became the owner of Lopez Hill! We have a wonderful week of activities planned to celebrate this momentous event culminating in a Commemoration at the Lopez Hill Preserve parking area with special guests: Ann Palmer, Friends of Lopez Hill, Jamie Stephens, San Juan County Council, Hilary Franz, Commissioner Public Lands, Senator Liz Lovelett, and Lincoln Bormann, SJC Land Bank. This will be followed by a party at Vita’s. Please go to http://sjclandbank.org/events/ to see details of the events. Come join in the celebration!

Lopez Hill Celebration Flyer FINAL

2018 Hunting Information

Hunting Information for Lopez Hill 2018

Lopez Hill is currently the only Land Bank Preserve that allows hunting. The preserve is open for the early season hunt September 1-October 31st. Specific dates for 2018 are:

Archery                          September 1-28
Muzzle Loader           September 29-October 7
Modern Firearm       October 13-31

Where to hunt? The eastern edge of the preserve is recommended as the best hunting area. The forest was logged in the 1990’s and has browse and logging trails. The following aerial shows good places to park along Lopez Sound Road where old skid roads provide walk-in access. This zone is separated from the hiking trails on the rest of the preserve so there is less chance of hiker interactions. Nearby houses are marked in red.

Lopez Hill is a 400-acre preserve with multi-use hiking and biking trails. Please be aware that others are recreating on public lands during the hunting season. If you are successful in your endeavors, please consider the other users of Lopez Hill, and keep gut piles away from public areas. This helps to maintain a good relationship between hunters and hikers, and ends up benefiting everyone.

Click this link to download a copy of the Lopez Hill Trails Map .

There are no facilities at Lopez Hill, and no camping or fires are allowed. For campgrounds, try Odlin County Park (360-468-2496) or Spencer Spit State Park (360-468-2251).

If you are interested in the late season hunt during November 15-18, the only public lands open on Lopez Island are in the San Juan Islands National Monument. They have about 400 acres on the south end of Lopez. The person to contact there is Nick Teague (360-468-3754, gteague@blm.gov). See Hints for Hunters 2018 SJINM_SJCLB with LNT for more details.

The best of luck to you! Our deer may not be quite as big as the mainland deer, but there are more of them. If you have any other questions, contact the Land Bank office at sjclandbank@sjclandbank.org or 360-378-4402.

—The information in this post was provided by San  Juan County Land Bank.

May 30 potluck for Lopez steward Tim Clark

From the San Juan County Land Bank. Potluck for retiring Land Bank steward, Tim Clark. This Wednesday noon at Odlin Park!
It’s an Island Celebration May 30th!
As of June 1st, San Juan County Land Bank Lopez Preserve Steward Tim Clark will be turning in his keys to the county truck and {happily} returning to his little blue pick up. Tim’s entry into retirement will give him the opportunity to dedicate more time to personal projects, like finding creative solutions for what other people consider trash.
Tim has been instrumental in many Land Bank projects over the last decade including the acquisitions of a conservation easement on the old Kjargaard farm, the new preserve, temporarily-named Lopez Channel, as well as management of all the Lopez Preserves, including Lopez Hill (leased in 2009 and soon to be owned by the Land Bank outright!).
Tim’s quick wit and thoughtful nature will be greatly missed in staff meetings and beyond. Please join us in wishing Tim a fruitful retirement on May 30, at high noon, in Odlin Park, Lopez Island. In Lopezian tradition, it will be a potluck to outdo any potluck before it.

Hike Lopez Hill for National Trails Day

The Land Bank, along with Friends of Lopez Hill, will celebrate National Trails Day with a hike around Lopez Hill. Carpool with your enthusiasm, water and appropriate clothing to the Lopez Hill parking area for a good time with great people in a wonderful place. See you there! Please call Tanja Williamson at 360-378-4402 or visit sjclandbank.org for more information.

Note: Parking is very limited at the trailhead. Please carpool!

When: June 2, 2018 at 1pm
Where: Lopez Hill trailhead, off of Lopez Sound Road: see map below.


San Juan County is now the owner of Lopez Hill! This incredible 400 acre property is now protected for generations to come!

In a process that took a long time and resulted in a 50-year lease in 2009, the San Juan County Land Bank negotiated with the WA State DNR to reach a deal. MANY THANKS to everyone involved in the Friends of Lopez Hill and the many volunteers who helped along the way. Many, many thanks also, to the County Council and the Land Bank, who continued to keep this project a priority.


We’ll be hosting a celebration sometime soon;  we will announce details as we finalize plans.