Hunting Information for Lopez Hill 2020

Land bank logoLopez Hill Preserve is only open for hunting during the Early General season. There is no hunting allowed at Lopez Hill after November 1st.

Specific WDFW Openings for 2020, GMU 414 are:

Archery                   September 1-25
Muzzle Loader       September 26-October 4
Modern Firearm    October 17-November 1

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.

Lopez Hill is a 400-acre preserve with multi-use hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Please be aware that others are recreating on public lands during 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.

Access to Lopez Hill is from Lopez Sound Road, via School Road.

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).

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. Please respect private property adjacent to Lopez Hill and do not trespass.

If you are interested in Late Season hunting, 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 contact person is Skeet Townsend (360-468-3754, jtownsend@blm.gov).

Written permission is required to hunt at Lopez Hill, and will be provided by Land Bank staff.

The best of luck to you! If you have any other questions, contact Amanda Wedow, Preserve Steward at amandaw@sjclandbank.org or 360-890-7447.

Lopez Hill Hunting 2020-map

Download Lopez Hill Hunting 2020 as PDF.

Download the Lopez Hill Map.

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.

WE DID IT!

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.

http://www.islandsweekly.com/news/county-purchases-lopez-hill-from-state/

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