Close to Seattle but a world away, Camano Island State Park offers a mellow, less bustling, but equally friendly alternative to its busier neighbor, Cama Beach State Park.
Forest loop trails provide cool, tranquil hiking, while shoreline strolls offer birding, shell and rock exploration and sweeping views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.
Are you happiest in or on the water? Go boating, crabbing, saltwater fishing and sailboarding in Saratoga Passage. Curious about the restored 1930s fishing resort at Cama Beach? Hike the 1-mile trail to check out this neighboring state park.
After a fun day exploring the trails or cavorting in the water, you will probably want to kick back in your forested cabin, pitch your tent or get cozy in your RV. There, you can cook up the delicious crab you have caught, or your dinner of choice, and enjoy a bit of sublime R and R before heading back to the world.
Camano Island State Park is a 244-acre camping park with 6,700 feet of rocky shoreline and beach located an hour from Seattle on beautiful Camano Island.
The Lowell Point Kitchen Shelter has a sink, wood stove, 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.
1 mile of biking trails
3 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
Two boat ramps
Other Activities & Features
At this park, interpretive programs are held on Saturdays during the summer months. Programs will be held at different times; hours will be posted on the interpretive display board located at the entrance to the campground.
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 and Wildlife.
Located in Island County on Puget Sound, Camano island has 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. Additional information can be found in the Boating Program.
Boat Launch Latitude: 48º 7' 39.37" N (48.1276) Longitude: 122º 29' 57.12" W (-122.4992)
The park 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.
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 our cabins and yurts page. Reservation requests can also be made by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.