Sucia Islands name came from the Spanish Captain Francisco de Eliza. On his chart of 1791 while looking for the Northwest Passage he named it Isla Sucia. Sucia in Spanish in a nautical sense means "foul". There are reefs on the north side of the island and there is shallow water that extends off the west side of Little Sucia Island. There are rocks on both sides of the entrance to Shallow Bay. There are rocks and shallow water around Ewing Cove. What we refer to as Sucia Island is actually more than one island. It is made up of Sucia, Little Sucia, Herndon (in Fossil Bay), South Finger, North Finger, Ewing, and some small unnamed islands. South Finger and North Finger Islands are privately owned and have houses on them, but the rest is all part of the marine park. There are park rangers that stay on the island and they have a boat they use to patrol this island and the neighboring islands.
Trail map of Sucia Island
Echo Bay is the large anchorage in the center of the island. Sucia is basically U shaped around Echo Bay. Sucia kind of looks like a hand with fingers that point with Echo Bay opening to the southeast. There are moorings in Echo Bay, Fossil Bay, Ewing Cove, Fox Cove, Snoring Bay, and Shallow Bay with additional room to anchor. Fossil Bay has a dock and Echo Bay has those things that have a line between two yellow mooring cans and you can tie up to the line like a dock. You can see what they look like in the picture of Prevost Harbor on the Stuart Island page. On the right side of the picthure.
Snoring Bay on Sucia Island in the San Juan Islands, WA
The moorings at Snoring Bay.
Snoring Bay has two moorings, but because it is off the main path there are not many that spend time there. So, if you want to be alone you might want to check it out. To get to the main path you need to walk along the edge of Mud Bay though. There is also a path that goes up to the ridge trail on the left side of the above image. The image to the right, of the boat in picture above, was taken from that trail. The ridge trail goes out to Johnson Pt.
Fossil Bay on Sucia Island in the San Juan Islands, WA.
Fossil Bay from looking from Fox Cove on Sucia Island, WA.
The above picture is deceiving. The shore on the far side of the boats is actually a straight line. In the above panorama(6 images stitched together) image, the shoreline on the far side appears to have a curve that is not really there. In the image at left I am standing at the beach in Fox Cove looking straight out fossil bay. You can see the dock on the left side of the image.
Mt Baker from Echo Bay at Sunset.
Echo Bay is open to the east and because of the trees on the island you can not see the sun go down; however, that does not mean there won't be a good sunset. Mt. Baker can have a red glow and the view is really nice.
Shallow Bay at sunset.
Shallow Bay is a very popular place to watch the sunset and I have watched it there many times. The sun will set to the right side of the bay and if you are on the beach at the head of the bay you will not actually see the sun go down. There is a trail to the left of the beach that goes to the small cliff to the left of the beach that has a better view and there are some benches there so you can set and watch the sunset.
There is a spot for you at Johnson Pt. on Sucia Island
in the San Juan Islands, WA.
There are some nice places to just set and watch the world go by on Sucia Island and the image to the right is one of them. Very few people go out to Johnson Pt., so you will most likely not see anyone else while you are there. It is peaceful and the view is really nice. If you go out there plan to stay awhile.
Mushroom rock in Fox Cove on Sucia Island.
Little Sucia is the island behind mushroom rock.
Trail on Sucia Island, WA.