Lummi Island is the easternmost part of the San Juan Island chain. About nine miles long and a mile wide, it has more than 800 year-round residents, and many more seasonal residents. Access is by sea and a county ferry from Gooseberry Point.
Once the home to Indian camps, the island saw the arrival of pioneer loggers, fishers and farmers in the late 1800s. Recreation became popular in 1920s with the construction of lodges and resort cabins.
Today, the tight-knit community enjoys quiet country roads, bountiful scenery, small-scale farms, several restaurants and bed-and-breakfast inns, and numerous artists who host an island studio tour several times a year.
Legoe Bay once supported three salmon canneries, employing hundreds of workers. Production dropped after fish traps were banned in 1935. That’s when reef netting boats again took hold.
Beach Elementary, Vista Middle, Ferndale High, Timber Ridge High.
District: Ferndale School District, www.ferndale.wednet.edu.
Small beach area near the ferry terminal.
“The tightness and instantaneous feedback loop — if you’re doing good things to the community, people know, and when people are misbehaving, it’s not long before that comes to the surface, too, because it’s such a word-of-mouth community. It helps people behave.”
Tom Lutz, Lummi Island resident for 13 years