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Camano Island State Park Drive
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Camano Island State Park Drive Trail to the beach from the cabins © Bryan Hanson
We hiked many trails and had a wonderful couple days here. Going back and bringing our dog.
Camano Island State Park Drive Trail leads down to the beach. © Bryan Hanson
Camped in the cabins and used this trail to get down to it.
Camano Island State Park Drive © Doug McDougall
Camano Island State Park Drive © Doug McDougall
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2269 S. Lowell Point Road
Camano, Washington   98282
(lat:48.1256 lon:-122.4932) map location

Phone: 360-387-3031
Reservations: 360-387-1550
Camano Island State Park is a 244-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.

The park is open year round for camping and day use.
Nature of the Area
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.
History of the Area
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 Caamano, 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.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
The five cabins at Camano Island are in a diverse mature forest with a peak-a-boo view of Saratoga Passage. A shared bathhouse with showers and restrooms is nearby.
The park has 77 standard sites, two hiker / biker sites, one marine trail site, five cabins, one dump station, two restrooms and two showers. Utility campsites are not available at the park. The upper camping loop has pull-through sites and are better suited for RVs.

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.

There are two boat ramps.

The Lowell Point Kitchen Shelter accommodates groups of up to 44 people within the shelter and up to 80 including the outdoor area. It is wired for electricity and contains picnic tables, a potable cold-water sink available seasonally, and a wood stove within the shelter. Two large charcoal braziers are located outside.
Nature Programs
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.
Area Attractions
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 local papers for season dates of clamming, crabbing and fishing.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 23 very nice by Alexander
park review stars; one to five nice beach with cool cliffs and a nice trail that leads to it. I had a lot of fun
January 24 Has gone downhill since last year. by Pete B.
park review stars; one to five
June 14 A great place by chris
park review stars; one to five Washington State Park Provides a fantastic getaway opportunity. Park your car a little over a ? mile from your beach front cabin. Be shuttled down to your home away from home by a State Park employee who can offer some of the best tourist information you can find. There are two rows of cabins. Be sure to get the beach front cabins, the second row of cabin has no view. The cabins are close together and privacy can be a problem, however if you have kids and have friends in another cabin it is great. Facilities are great! Well kept and Clean. Park staff is very friendly! The best part about this experience is the lack of cars. No motors starting or running, no car doors slamming shut, no annoying ?beep-beep? of the car alarm. It is very quiet! Life is a little slower at this park, and if you like the idea of that, you will love this place. If you need your car at your fingertips, go elsewhere. There is a little store, museum and Ranger office on site. We visited in October and it was great!
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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 cafe, 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.

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