Making Your Way to Lopez Island
The Retreat is going to be an experience like no other. Getting to Lopez will be an experience like no other if you don’t plan ahead due to high volumes of traffic on the limited ferry runs during weekends in August. Skatelite highly recommends going the walk-on or cycling route and, if your schedule allows, coming early and camping out at Camp Skatelite - arrive on Friday and leave on Sunday. Following are the various transportation options:
Walk-On / Cycling / Ferry with Camping/ August 16-18
Want to make a weekend out of it? Stay at Camp Skatelite, a 10-acre field we’ve rented on Lopez Island. The camp opens at 8 a.m. on Friday and shuttles will run walk-ons from the ferry terminal to the campsite all day and night. Make a reservation to ensure you get on the ferry that day. Park your car at The Retreat parking-and-ride in Anacortes (1700 Q Ave.), turn in your reservation receipt for a ferry pass, grab your camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, stove, food, drink, you know the drill), jump on the free shuttle and Skatelite will take care of it from there. Or, if you prefer to ride your bike, park your car at the Skatelite park-and-ride, turn in your reservation receipt for a ferry pass and pedal to the ferry with your gear. Cycling is a great way to explore the island and we encourage it. Walk-on campers and cyclists will be shuttled to the ferry on Sunday so plan for two nights of sleeping under the stars if you choose to sleep. Shuttles will regularly be running between the ferry dock, The Retreat at the Lopez Island Community Center (3 miles from the dock) and Camp Skatelite (6 miles from the dock).
**IMPORTANT** You will not be allowed to put you bike on the shuttle busses. You can park at 1700 Q Avenue, Anacortes, WA and then bike to the Terminal (20 minutes needed) 4 miles. Then you’ll have an 8 mile ride from the ferry terminal on Lopez to Camp Skatelite.
Park N Ride Anacortes to Ferry Terminal 4 miles
Lopez Landing to The Retreat 4 miles
Lopez Landing to Camp Skatelite 8 miles
Camp Skatelite to The Retreat 4.2 miles
Ferries leave Anacortes at 6:15 a.m., 9:35 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. It’s summer in the San Juans so get there early and beat the crowds that will be on the midday and later ferry runs.
Walk-On / Ferry Day of the Event
Make a reservation. Get to Anacortes early. It’s going to be busy. Park your car at The Retreat free park-and-ride lot in Anacortes (1700 Q Ave.), turn in your reservation receipt for a ferry pass ($12.50 for walk-ons), and hop on the shuttle.
Ferries leave Anacortes at 6:15 a.m., 9:35 a.m., and 12:35 p.m. It’s summer in the San Juans so get there early and beat the crowds. The last ferry leaves Lopez Island at 11:20. If you miss that one, you’ll be spending the night. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure that you’re on a shuttle back to the ferry terminal on time.
Bicycle / Ferry Day of the Event
Make a reservation. Get to Anacortes early. It’s going to be busy. Park your car at The Retreat free park-and-ride lot in Anacortes (1700 Q Ave.), turn in your reservation receipt for a ferry pass, ride your bike to the Anacortes ferry terminal. Exit the ferry on Lopez and ride 3 miles to The Retreat at the Lopez Island Community Center.
Ferries leave Anacortes at 6:15 a.m., 9:35 a.m., and 12:35 p.m. It’s summer in the San Juans so get there early and beat the crowds. The last ferry leaves Lopez Island at 11:20 p.m. If you miss that one, you’ll be spending the night. Ride fast and hard and bring your reflective gear so you can get back to the ferry on time (3 miles from The Retreat). Otherwise, see you at Camp Skatelite.
Inter-Island/San Juan Residents
Your life evolves around the ferry schedule. You know it better than we do. As long as you can make it to the Lopez Island ferry dock, we’ll have a shuttle waiting to transport you to The Retreat. Feel free to walk on the ferry and we’ll take it from there. We will also be running shuttles between the event down to the ferry for every departure no matter what island you’re coming from or going to that day.
Automobile / Ferry
Not recommended but if you want the adventure get to the ferry WAY early and leave the event early. Ferry traffic is typically at capacity in August so there is a chance you won’t make it off the island on Saturday or Sunday as everyone else is leaving those days, especially on Sunday.
You have a boat. Awesome. Anchor it in Fisherman’s Bay and hoof it to the event at the Lopez Island Community Center on your own schedule. You win.
Good on ya’ if you have the ability to swim 15 miles to the island in 50-degree water. It would be epic. We don’t recommend it unless you know how to swim and have a chase boat as a back-up for the multiday adventure.
Come pick us up. We want a ride and will give you a free pass to our free event.