Year protected: in process
Land protected: 217 acres
Shoreline Protected: 2.8 miles
Public benefits: pristine beaches, lush forests, native grasslands, rich wildflower meadows, healthy wetlands, diverse plant and animal habitat
Vendovi Island is very remote, located east of Sinclair Island, west of Bellingham, and between Guemes and Lummi Islands. Only two of the islands’s 217 acres have been developed. Vendovi is one of the wildest private islands in the San Juan archipelago, which is why for many years it has been a priority for permanent conservation.
The Campaign to Save Vendovi Island is currently in full swing. If we are successful in eliminating the debt that was assumed to acquire the island back in 2010, the Preservation Trust will be in a position to achieve its two stewardship objectives: (1) to protect the island and its unique conservation values in perpetuity; and (2) to make the island available for education, scientific research and low-impact public access.
Currently, Vendovi Island is open for public visitation (through September). We are working to manage a delicate balance between protecting the ecological integrity of the island and human enjoyment of this property. To achieve this goal, we ask that visitors respect the following guidelines while on Vendovi.
• Hours of visitation: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily, May through September.
• The island is closed to visitors October through April.
• Please sign in/out using sign-in sheets provided at kiosk.
• Check in with caretaker (if at home at caretaker’s cottage) upon arrival.
• Harvesting of plants, animals, driftwood, firewood, and other natural objects is prohibited except by special permission.
• Kayakers may use dock or beach in front of caretaker home to land their craft. Please do not land at other beaches as harbor seals use these for haul-out areas.
• No groups larger than 10 unless prior arrangements made with the San Juan Preservation Trust. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. Note that this does not guarantee dock space (all is first come, first served).
• Use the public restroom available in shop (last large building to right at top of hill).
• Do not feed or approach wildlife; avoid walking along breakwater (sensitive pigeon guillemot nesting and roosting habitat).
• No anchoring in bay (eelgrass beds lay offshore and can be damaged by anchoring).
These tidelands are privately owned by the San Juan Preservation Trust.
• Hike on established footpaths and do not walk on delicate wildflower meadows.
• No camping allowed.
• No overnight moorage allowed on dock.
• Pack out all garbage including food and pet waste.
• No firearms or hunting allowed.
• No bicycles allowed.
• No beach fires of any kind.
• Pets must be leashed at all times.