Where to find San Juan Islands Charts and Guide Books

San Juan Islands: Popular Cruising Guides


Waggoner Cruising Guide

"The Bible of Northwest Cruising" has a chapter dedicated to the San Juan Islands. Updated yearly, which is important because marinas move their docks around, bathroom and shower facilities burn down, new restaurants open, phone numbers change, etc. 

San Juan Islands, a Boater’s Guidebook

Nice diagrams and info on popular destinations.  1st Edition 2013; complements the more up-to-date Waggoner Guide. 

Exploring the San Juan and Gulf Islands

by Don Douglass & Reanne Hemingway-Douglass. 3rd Edition Revised 2011; complements the more up-to-date Waggoner Guide.

Ports and Passes and/or Captn Jack's.

Ports and Passes is annual tide and current tables, Puget Sound to Ketchican.  

Captn Jack's is for Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Hood Canal, San Juan Islands. Doesn't cover Inside Passage, as Ports and Passes does. 

Current Atlas Juan de Fuca Strait to Strait of Georgia

By far the best detail of currents in the San Juans. Published by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Buy this book once, then buy the annual "Waggoner Tables" for it, to find what pages to use what days.

Maritime Place Names; Inland Washington Waters

By Richard Blumenthal. An interesting reference. Did you know that "Hale Passage" is named after a crew member from an early expedition that stayed after to study the native people and their language? His mother wrote "Mary had a Little Lamb"... and made Thanksgiving popular!

Where can you use WA State moorage permit in San Juan Islands?

Some info on individual islands and harbors


Rosario Marina

Rosario changed the layout of their docks in 2017: https://michelle-barto-ku7c.squarespace.com/marina-map

Here's a diagram from the Waggoner Guide, including slip numbers and power: http://waggonerguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Rosario-marina-map.pdf

Cascadia Marine Trails

Human powered craft only camping in the San Juan Islands and beyond: https://www.wwta.org/cascadia-marine-trail-map/

San Juan Island National Historic Park