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
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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com or 360-378-4402.
—The information in this post was provided by San Juan County Land Bank.
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.
Our beloved and hard-working steward, Tim Clark, is retiring the end of May. The San Juan County Land Bank is hiring a replacement.
Details and an application can be found here: