Rosario Resort’s new docks open
Our friends at Three Sheets Northwest were among the first to report this week that the new docks being built at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island are now open.
The aging existing docks were replaced by a new U-shaped configuration of aluminum floats, with 30 slips and additional space for side ties.
It appears the new dock layout will make it easier for larger vessels to enter and exit the popular marina.
We’ve have updated our chartlet for Cascade Bay (below) to reflect the new dock layout.
The mansion and grounds at Rosario Resort and Spa was once the retirement home of Seattle shipping magnate Robert Moran.
Today, the sprawling facility boasts manicured lawns, a spa, swimming pools, the Moran Museum, restaurants and suites on the waterfront or perched high above the resort.
Moran’s estate also included a large chunk of Orcas Island, including Cascade Lake, Mountain Lake and Mount Constitution. In 1921, he donated 3,000 acres of wilderness land to Washington state for the establishment of Moran State Park.
To us and many others, a major attraction of the marina at Rosario Resort is its backdoor access to the many miles of hiking trails within the park.
It would be easy to spend a week or longer moored at Cascade Bay, venturing off on day treks into the park or toting along a tent and sleeping bag to overnight at one of the many campsites within the park.
(Cascade Bay and Moran State Park are covered in Salish Sea Pilot’s Cruising Guide to the San Juan Islands.)