Moran State Park

Artistic Arch

Moran State Park has over 5,200 acres to explore by foot, bike, horse, boat or car.  There are over 35 miles of trails, 5 freshwater lakes, picnic areas, overnight camping, a vacation house rental and an overnight retreat center that holds up to 144 people.  There are beautiful flora, fauna and water falls as well as scenic views from the trails and/or from the comfort of your vehicle.  Cascade Lake has a swimming beach, a playground for the kids, and fishing for bass, trout sunfish or Kokanee (a land locked Salmon) stocked from the hatchery.

For the history buffs and architect enthusiasts, there are over 20 historical buildings that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the ‘30s and ‘40s.  The stone tower at the top of Mount Constitution offers spectacular  views.

Moran is open year round. Call 888-CAMPOUT for information about campsite availability. Click here for a trail map of the park

Orcas Senior Center and Friends of Moran Team Up

In this second season of the Meeting of the Minds lecture series at the Orcas Senior Center they join in partnership with Friends of Moran to offer a series of presentations about the natural wonders of our Island home. On November 20th at 1pm, Joe Springer will present a lecture and images about Piebald Deer at the Orcas Senior Center.

Piebaldism is a relatively rare genetic disorder affecting about two percent of the deer population. It is a genetic combination in black-tailed deer that can include a range of effects. Contrary to popular belief, a piebald deer is not a cross between a normal whitetail deer and an albino. The origin of the word, “piebald,” comes from “pie,” meaning “mixed up” and “bald,” meaning “having a white spot.” Piebald have various amounts of white and brown patches like a pinto pony. The most obvious trait of the piebald is a coat coloration, but there can be skeletal alignment problems, from mild to severe. Some of the same genes that code for coat color also code for skeletal traits which can be crippling. The occurrence of piebaldism in the black-tailed deer of Moran State Park is considerably higher than in other parts of the black-tailed deer’s range. We will explore possible reasons why.

Join us for this free presentation and upcoming presentations with Friends of the Moran including, The Stone Tower on December 18th, Bats on January 15th, and Newts on February 19th.