MATIA ISLAND STATE PARK
Matia Island State Park is a 145-acre marine park with 20,676 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Georgia. The island is part of the San Juan National Wildlife Refuge. Under a mutual agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, five acres at Rolfe Cove are available to boaters as a marine park. Matia Island is a federal wildlife refuge and has use restrictions different from most Washington state parks. With the exception of the campground area at Rolfe Cove and the loop trail and its beaches, the island is closed to public access and use to protect habitat and wildlife.
The park features good fishing and diving in waters around the island. There are interesting geological formations and an old-growth forest.
The park is open to camping and moorage year round.
Summer hours: 6:30 a.m. to dusk
Winter hours: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. No generators in operation between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Birds Fish & Sea Life ? Eagles? Seals
Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life
Interesting rock formations are abundant on the island, which consist of tilted beds of sandstone and conglomerates. Wave cut caverns and honeycombed rocks are particularly interesting.
? Cedar? Ferns
Captain Eliza of the 1792 Spanish Expedition named the island "Isle de Mata." Mata has many meanings in Spanish, most having to do with lush plant growth. Some believe Matia refers to a woman's name. The U.S. Coast Survey conffered the name Matia in 1954.
Rolfe Cove on Matia Island offers six campsites, a sandy beach, one picnic site and a compositing toilet. There is no drinking water available on the island. The nearest potable water is on Sucia Island and available from April to September.
There is no garbage service to the island. Visitors must pack-out what they pack-in.
Pets on leash are permitted only in the moorage and camping area of Rolfe Cove. Pets are not permitted on the loop hiking trail or any other part of the island.
Open fires are not permitted on the island, even in the campground. Charcoal fuel may be used in the barbecue grills in the campground, but not wood. Gas stoves may be used for cooking. Please consult the campground bulleting board for current information.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
The park has two buoys and one dock at Rolfe Cove. The dock is 64 feet long and provides 128 feet of overnight moorage.
Boats must self register and pay moorage fees at onshore bulletin board/pay station.
Moorage fees are charged year round from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m.