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Cama Beach State Park
Cama Beach State Park © Janet Chambers
Afternoon Hike ©
1880 S. West Camano Drive
Camano Island, Washington   98282

Phone: 360-387-1550
Reservations: 360-387-1550
Cama Beach State Park is on the southwest shore of Camano Island facing Saratoga Passage. Cama Beach offers visitors a chance to step back in time to a 1930s-era Puget Sound fishing resort complete with waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows. These have been refurbished, with modern conveniences added, and are available for rent year round to individuals and groups.

Within a 90-minute drive of Seattle, Cama Beach offers day and overnight visitors alike a "time capsule" experience. The historic fishing resort was a favorite summer getaway for families for more than 50 years. The area, used for centuries by Native Americans for fishing and hunting, looks out on sweeping views of the Sound, with Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains beyond.

Cama Beach celebrated its grand opening on June 21. The park is open year round. The welcome center will be open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. daily.
Nature of the Area
* Forested land * Lakes * Freshwater Marsh * Coniferous * Deciduous

* Puget Sound * Streams * Tidelands * Wetlands
History of the Area
For centuries, Native American people fished and hunted in the area. Starting in the mid-1800s, the region was used for logging. In the early 20th century, the island became more accessible with the advent of the automobile and a bridge between Camano Island and the mainland. Cottages and fishing resorts were built. Between 1934 and 1989, Muriel and Lee Risk operated a fishing resort at Cama. The Risk daughters took over the property in 1990, and shortly thereafter, discussions began about turning the property into a park.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission began acquiring land through a combination of family donation and sale in 1994.

The vision of the park is to offer visitors a restful and relaxing getaway where they also can learn about tribal cultures and Native people?s presence on the land. It is also about wooden boat building and maritime culture through the Center for Wooden Boats. Retreat and dining facilities are planned for the future.
Park Store
Cama Beach State Park features a park store at the north end of the waterfront cabins (near the historic gas pumps). When the park was operated as a fishing resort, the store was always the social hub. Guests would come to buy their supplies and enjoy a visit with resort staff and old friends.

Today, the park store is once again the hub of activity at the park. Visitors can purchase a variety of supplies at the store, including snacks, groceries and souvenirs. Catering arrangements can be made there for special gatherings.

The store also is home of Beach Watch, a non-profit organization with volunteers who are eager to answer questions about the park and help visitors enjoy their time at Camas Beach.

Other services and supplies in the area include:

* Airport * Auto repair * Boat rental * Camping * Firewood * Gasoline

* Gifts * Golf * Groceries * Postal services * Propane * Recreation equipment

Cama Beach cabins, deluxe cabins and a bungalow are available for rent to individuals and groups.

There are 24 standard cabins. Each is 14'x20' in size with a living room, kitchen area and bedroom. Waterfront cabins have two double beds. Second-row cabins have a double bed and a set of bunk beds (twin size). Standard cabin amenities are electric heat and lights, refrigerator, microwave, sink and a coffee pot. Restrooms and showers are nearby in the park. Linen service is not currently available. Guests should take along their own bedding, pillows, towels, cookware, dishes and utensils.

There are seven deluxe cabins. Each is 14'x28' in size with a living room and kitchen area, bedroom and small bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. Deluxe cabins have one double bed and two twin-size beds. Cabin amenities are electric heat and lights, refrigerator, microwave, sink and coffee pot. The cabins are set above the beach, with a view toward the water. Linen service is not currently available. Guests need to take along their own bedding, pillows, towels, cookware, dishes and utensils.

The bungalow is 20'x28' in size with a large front room, kitchen area, two small bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. The bungalow has one double bed, two twin-size trundle beds and a set of twin-size bunk beds. Bungalow amenities are electric heat and lights, propane fireplace, refrigerator, microwave, sink and coffeepot. The large covered front porch looks to the beach and Saratoga Passage. Linen service is not currently available. Guests need to take along their own bedding, pillows, towels, cookware, dishes and utensils.

Cama Beach State Park is located near Camano Island, Everett and Marysville

Nature Programs
Summer of 2008 will feature classes in boating and boat-building with the Center for Wooden Boats, a tenant of the park. Also in summer of 2008, State Parks volunteers and staff will present programs three times weekly.

On Wednesdays at 1 p.m. there will be a Heritage Series featuring nature journaling, geology beach walks, crafts and skills from an earlier era. Fridays at 7:30 p.m., a campfire program series will be offered, and programs for kids and families will be available on Saturdays. Throughout the summer, informal beach walks and bird walks with experts will be offered. Contact the park directly for more information on these programs.

Future program plans for beyond 2008 include cultural education, quilting, writing, photography and more.
Area Attractions
While at Cama Beach, you can explore the expansive shoreline, gaze at beautiful sunsets, view an array of wildlife, hike or bike the area?s 15 miles of trail and take in a boating workshop with the Center for Wooden Boats. Or just relax in a cozy historic cabin that offers the best of both worlds ? the feel of earlier times and the ease of modern conveniences.

Cama Beach State Park is set in a spectacular, 433-acre waterfront location against a forested backdrop. It is connected by a mile-long trail to Camano Island State Park, a 134-acre camping park. Both parks are open for day use or overnight stays year round.

Other activities available include:

* Boating (boat rental) * Crabbing * Diving * Fishing * Swimming

* Bird watching * Interpretive activities * Wildlife viewing * Two horseshoe pits * One fire circle (not sheltered)

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 22 by Judy
Cama Beach is perfect! I went there to begin healing from the loss of my son, with my best friend, Stella (my dog) The facilities were more than adequate in the midst of thick nature and water and peace. Thanks with all my heart.
July 15 The best! by GreenoL
I hate do even give up this great secret, but Cama Beach is awesome! Right on the water, clean, small, friendly! New bathrooms with showers and the cutest cabins ever! Stayed there the past 2 nights and loved it with our group of neighborhood moms and our kids. Thanks to Bob the shuttle were super!
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Cama Beach State Park is at 1880 S. West Camano Drive, Camano Island. The park is west of Stanwood and approximately 19 miles from the freeway.

To get there, take Exit 212 off I-5. Turn west on State Route 532 and drive 5.75 miles toward Stanwood/Camano Island. Once in Stanwood, continue west 4.5 miles to ?Y? junction of East Camano and North Camano drives. Bear left onto East Camano Drive, which becomes Elger Bay Road. Just after Elger Bay Grocery, take a right onto Mountain View Drive. At the top of the hill, follow the road as it curves to the right and becomes West Camano Drive. The park entrance is approximately 1/2 mile beyond the curve and is on the left. Enter the gate on the right just inside the entrance and proceed to the park welcome station.


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