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Shark Reef Sanctuary

#1 of 14 things to do in Lopez Island Features Animals
Shark Reef Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261
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Definitely check this out!

This was one of the highlights of our trip! Very peaceful and plenty of wildlife for viewing... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
d s
via mobile
Great easy hike

Nice mostly flat trail. Quite easy but some rocks and roots to walk around. Lots of seals hauled... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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“on the rocks” (9 reviews)
“short hike” (11 reviews)
Shark Reef Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our trip! Very peaceful and plenty of wildlife for viewing. Easy hike and has restrooms.

Thank d s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice mostly flat trail. Quite easy but some rocks and roots to walk around. Lots of seals hauled out on the rocks... ant they had a lot to say. Also saw a couple of bald eagles, one of which few only 20 feet overhead when...More

Thank JohninGloucester
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just an 8 minute walk through woods and you're out to see coves with a beautiful view of the waters, and some basking seals on offshore rocks. Only spent 45 minutes there and had the place to myself but delighted I went.

Thank David M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite the name, there are no sharks here. But bring your binoculars and you will see seals on the rocks. There is just so much natural beauty to appreciate here - tides going different directions, various birds flying around, the seals on the the rocks,...More

Thank OregonTraveler7
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Another easy Lopez Island hike. Not strenuous at all. Good views of seals at the end of the hike. Total distance a bit over a mile round trip.

1  Thank Dick T
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We were there on a rainy morning and it didn’t affect the experience. After a short hike you reach the coast line and have espectacular views of the waves and rock formations. If you are patient, you will see a lot of wildlife, a Paradise...More

Thank Armando L
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Very easy hike! Not a long trail, very manageable with small children. Definitely beautiful sceneries!

Thank Sofia G
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This was a lovely short hike which ended with gorgeous water views. We enjoyed walking along the coast and then sat and watched a colony of harbor seals frolicking nearby! It's so beautiful and serene; you can spend hours here.

2  Thank Lolita D
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

The most gorgeous view I think I may have ever seen. I heard the roar of sea lions, watched harbor seals swim by me, saw bald eagles soaring above and the water was so turquoise crystal clear that I could see fish nibbling at the...More

1  Thank Leigh H
Reviewed 30 January 2017

It is a short walk to the shore and the amazing views of the Olympic Mountains. The tide was going out and it was an amazing sight, a fast river of moving water. San Juan Island is just across the channel, it feels so close...More

Thank Linscottage
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Questions & Answers
Nikki H
19 May 2017|
Response from Sofia G | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Just an FYI When you get on the main road to where the trail is at, continue all the way down until you see the trail sign.
3 April 2017|
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Response from darlis73 |
Thank you Rhonda. We won't have a car so I was wondering if we could walk there. Is there a bus or anything that goes around the island?
Shirley L
7 November 2015|
Response from plasbo |
It is free.