Camano Island State Park is a 173-acre camping park with 6,700 feet of rocky shoreline and beach. The park provides sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and offers opportunities for shellfish harvesting.Want to support Washington State Parks? Get involved by joining a friends' group. For more information, visit the Friends' Group web page.
Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
The park is open year round for camping and day use. Some campsites are closed in winter.
Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time, 1 p.m.
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Winter Schedule for all Washington State Parks
Camano Island State Park has added two hiker/biker campsites. The sites (HB1 and HB2) are located Northwest of the campground pay station,
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.
Don't move firewood: Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by obtaining or purchasing your firewood at or near your camping destination (within 50 miles). Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by buying and burning your firewood locally. For more information, visit online at www.dontmovefirewood.org or the Washington Invasive Species Council website.
The Discover Pass now can be used on either of two vehicles!Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
(Transaction and dealer fees may apply)
A Discover Pass is required for motor-vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Exemptions:
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, the Discover Pass is not required if you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, for the duration of your stay at that state park. For additional exemptions and more information, please visit the Discover Pass website
The camp has 88 standard sites, two hiker/biker sites, five cabins
, one dump station, two restrooms and two showers. Utility campsites are not available at the park. The upper camping loop (sites 43-88) are pull-through sites and are better suited for RVs of up to 40 feet. All campsites are first come, first served.
The park offers one kitchen shelter and a group camp that accommodates a maximum of 100 people. The group camping area has restrooms and showers. Fees vary with size of the group. To make a reservation, call Cama Beach State Park at (360) 387-1550.
The five cabins at Camano Island are in a diverse mature forest with views of Saratoga Passage. Each cabin is 12-by-20 feet in size and is furnished with one folding futon couch that sleeps two, one bunk bed that sleeps three and a table with five chairs. Each cabin provides a fire ring, an upright pedestal grill, picnic table and an 8-foot covered porch. For more information visit the cabins/yurts page
To make a reservation, call the park at (360) 387-1550.
2013 camping fees:
Beginning July 1, 2013, campers may choose from economy, basic or premium campsites at Camano Island State Park. Campsites do not have utility hookups.
Sundays through Thursdays: $20 to $30
Fridays, Saturdays and holidays: $22 to $35
Maximum eight people per campsite.
Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.
Dump stations (if available): Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.
More about park hours
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park from April 1 through Sept. 30; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Located fourteen miles southwest of Stanwood, Wash. in Island County.
2269 S. Lowell Point Road
Camano Island, WA 98282
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.
Camano Island downloadable pdf map #1
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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.
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.
At this park, a volunteer group hosts interpretive programs during the summer months.
|Available in the park ||Available in the area|
• Fire wood
|• Auto repair|
• Marine supplies
• Overnight Accommodations
• Pay phone
• Postal service
• White gas
Most services are available within a few miles of the park.
|• 3 mi. Hiking Trails|
• 1 mi. Bike Trails
|• Boating (saltwater)|
• 2 boat ramps (saltwater)
• Fishing (saltwater)
• Personal Watercraft (saltwater)
• Swimming (saltwater)
• Water Skiing (saltwater)
|• 1 Amphitheater|
• Bird Watching
• 1 Fire Circle
• Interpretive Activities
• Wildlife Viewing
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.
Check Fish and Game regulation booklet and local papers for season dates of clamming, crabbing and fishing. A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website.
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 harvesting during clam season at Camano Island State Park. This is a temporary measure to assure recovery of the clam population and future recreational harvest.
Free days at state parks
: Visit Washington state parks for free. The Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on designated free days.
2014 State Parks free days:
Jan. 19 and 20 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 19 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 101st birthday
April 19 – A spring Saturday free day
April 22 – Earth Day
May 11 – A spring Saturday free day
June 7 and 8 – In honor of National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend
June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day
Aug. 25 – In honor of National Park Service’s birthday
Sept. 27 –National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Please note: A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during State Parks free days. For more information, please visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov
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|First Day Hikes: Ring in 2013 by hiking at a Washington state park on New Year’s Day. Discover the natural beauty of Washington as part of a national effort to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Moderate difficulty, all ages, 2-4 miles, free return shuttle. Bring winter clothing, fleece, hats, gloves. Walk will be primarily for exercise, limited stops to learn abut flora and fauna of the area. Estimated time for walk one way is about an hour. First Day Hikes are presented in partnership with America’s State Parks. For more information about hikes across the country, visit www.americasstateparks.org.
||Camano Island, Lowell Point kitchen shelter|
9:50 - 11:50 a.m.
|Winter Walk: Join the Friends of Camano Island Parks in a guided winter walk. Meet at the picnic shelter near the boat ramp. The walk includes 2 elevation gains of about 50’ with the rest of the walk fairly level. The trail is 2.6 miles long with excellent views of Saratoga Passage and Elger Bay including a walk through a beautiful fern grotto and ravine. The pace is moderate and the walks take place rain or shine. Walks are cancelled if there is snow or extremely high winds. Walkers are asked to wear clothing appropriate for weather conditions including sturdy shoes or boots. Camano Island State Park is located on Lowell Pt. Road off of Mountain View Road. West Camano Road and Elger Bay Road intersect Mountain View Road. Please - no dogs on these guided walks.
Contact http://friendsofcamanoislandparks.org for more information
|Camano Island, boat ramp|
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There are two boat ramps.
A daily watercraft launching permit for $7 and a daily trailer dump permit for $5 is 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.
Picnic and Day-use Facilities
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. To reserve call Cama Beach State Park at (360) 387-1550.
The North Beach picnic shelter is first come, first served and can accommodate up to 12 people.
|Mammals||Birds||Fish & Sea Life|
• Deer or Elk
|• Crows or Ravens|
• Doves or Pigeons
• Sea Birds
• Sea Cucumbers
|Physical Features|| ||Plant Life||Special|
|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.|| ||• Cedar|
• Douglas Fir
• Eel Grass
• Moss or Lichens
|Native Americans used this area as a camp while fishing and gathering shellfish.|
Park photo gallery