Camano Island State Park

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Camano Island State Park

Washington

(360) 902-8844

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Overview

Camano Island State Park is a 134-acre camping park with 6,700 feet of rocky shoreline and beach. During the last ice age, the area was covered by an ice sheet approximately one mile thick. The glacier carved the shape of the island with its high "feeder banks" that helped build the beaches. The park provides sweeping views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainer. Comb the beach, watch the boat traffic, or hike the forest loop trails. The park has a large field for ball games in the day-use area. An 18-hole golf course is located near the park on Camano Island. Earliest inhabitants of Camano Island were the Kikalos and Snohomish Indians, who used the island for a summer dwelling while gathering seafood and berries. They named it "Kal-lut-chin," meaning "land jutting into a bay." The island was renamed for Jacinto Caamaño, a Spanish explorer. The first European settlers came to the island in 1855 and began extensive logging operations. Farmers came later and developed the area agriculturally. After the land was designated for use as a park in 1949, the initial development was accomplished in a single day by nearly 900 volunteers from Stanwood and Camano Island. The park celebrated its 50th birthday in July, 1999.

Map of Camano Island (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 48.126914, -122.495413

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Activities

  • Boating

    There are two boat ramps. A daily watercraft launching permit is needed as well as a daily trailer dump permit. Both are available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

  • Bicycling

    One mile of bike trails are available.

  • Camping

    The camp has 88 tent spaces, five cabins, one dump station, two restrooms and two showers. The upward camp loop is better for RVs of up to 40 feet. All campsites are first-come, first-served.

  • Fishing

    Check Fish and Game regulation booklet and local papers for season dates of clamming, crabbing and fishing. NOTE: Due to an unexplained die off of clams in the Port Susan/Saratoga Passage area, Washington State Parks, in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, has closed Clam season to harvesting during the 2007 clam season at Camano Island State Park. This is a temporary measure to assure recovery of the clam population and future recreational harvest.

  • Hiking

    Three miles of hiking trails are available.

  • Picnicking

    The Lowell Point Kitchen Shelter has a sink, wood stove and is wired for electricity and will accommodate groups of up to 44 people. A generator and a small amount of firewood will be provided upon request. There are two large charcoal braziers and picnic tables. The North Beach picnic shelter is first-come, first-served and can accommodate up to 12 people.

  • Water Sports

    Saltwater swimming, diving, water skiing and sailboarding are available.

Seasonality/Weather

Park hours/updates: Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is open year-round for camping and day use. Some campsites are closed in winter. Camping: Check-in time, 2:30 p.m. Check-out time, 1 p.m. Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Camano Island State Park is closed until further notice due to ice and snowfall. CLAM SEASON CLOSED: Due to an unexplained die off of clams in the Port Susan/Saratoga Passage area, Washington State Parks, in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, has closed clam season to harvesting until further notice during the clam season at Camano Island State Park. This is a temporary measure to assure recovery of the clam population and future recreational harvest.

Directions

Driving

Located fourteen miles southwest of Stanwood, Wash. in Island County. From I-5: Take exit #212 and head west onto Hwy. 532. Three miles west of Stanwood, take left at fork (road is now East Camano Dr. and no longer SR 532). Drive approximately six miles on East Camano Dr. (At this point East Camano Dr. heads left by Windermere. Keep to main road, which is now Elger Bay Rd). At a spot marked by Elger Bay Grocery, gas station and a café, turn right onto Mountain View. Travel two miles, climb a steep hill, then turn left onto Lowell Point Rd. The road will dead-end at park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(360) 902-8844

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