Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next South Esther Island adventure.
Discover the wild charm of South Esther Island State Marine Park.
South Esther Island State Marine Park is perfect for fishing enthusiasts and explorers of all kinds! The park is on the southern end of Esther Island and includes Lake Bay, home to one of the world’s largest fish hatcheries. This is a great park for fishing, but be careful not to disturb the operations at Wally H. Noerenberg Fish Hatchery. You might spot some black bear here during the height of the fish run. The park also includes the pristine and undisturbed Quillian Bay. Hike along the eastern edge of the lagoon and through a low, forested pass to scenic Esther Lake. It’s too wet and uneven to camp at the lake, but really beautiful. There are incredible scenic views from Esther Falls Overlook, and it’s easily accessible. Bring your camera and make us jealous with your best photos.
The ideal time to visit South Esther Island State Marine Park is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is most favorable for outdoor activities. Winter can be harsh, with limited access and services, so it's best to avoid planning a trip from November to March.