SADDLEBAG ISLAND STATE PARK
Saddlebag Island is a 26-acre marine park located in Padilla Bay with 6,750 feet of shoreline. The park is named for the two rocky knobs separated by a narrow saddle of land that form the shape of the island.
Saddlebag Island was originally mapped by the United States Exploring Expedition of 1841 led by American explorer and naval officer Charles Wilkes. The island was labelled by Wilkes as one of the Porpoise Rocks, the other two being the present-day Dot and Huckleberry Islands. The origin of the name Saddlebag is unknown, but it likely derives from the shape of the island.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission purchased Saddlebag Island from a private citizen for use as a park in 1974.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page
The park has four primitive campsites and one composting toilet. Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. Campers must self-register and pay fees at the bulletin board / pay station. One campsite is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail and for the exclusive use of those arriving by human- or wind-powered watercraft.