Point Doughty Natural Area Preserve

coast of Orcas IslandLocated on the coast of Orcas Island, this 57 acre forested preserve protects natural examples of dry-site forest communities dominated by Douglas-fir, Pacific madrone, salal and ocean spray, representing the "rain shadow" vegetation that occurs in the San Juan Islands. Bald eagles feed and nest on the preserve and seals haul out on the rocky shoreline.  A small state-owned recreation site on the point is used for marine mammal study, kayak and small boat camping, as well as outdoor education through nearby, privately owned Camp Orkila. 
Features Protected: Douglas fir/salal - oceanspray forest community, Douglas fir – Pacific madrones/salal forest community, and bald eagle.
Ecoregion: Puget Trough (San Juan County) 

Science, Research and Monitoring

Public and private universities, other research institutions and individual researchers may contact DNR to propose a research project at the site. If you are interested in pursuing research at Point Doughty NAP, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at david.wilderman@dnr.wa.gov.  

Environmental Education and Public Access 

Currently, no formal educational programs are available at Point Doughty NAP. The site is not ADA accessible, however, kayak and small boat access is available on the state-owned day-use site. For more information, contact the DNR Northwest Region natural areas manager.