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About the Area

Cama Beach State Park

Cama Beach State Park opened in 2008 to provide visitors the chance to return to an earlier, less complicated time of the 1930s. The park is located on the shore of Camano Island, a great day trip from an Oak Harbor base at the Coachman Inn. The views from the park encompass wide vistas of the Puget Sound and the Saratoga passage. Visitors can also see Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

The park allows a family or individual to hark back to the area's roots as a family fishing resort operating from the 1930s through 1989. The area was restored and improved, with modern conveniences such as microwaves, insulation and upgraded electricity added to cabins and bungalows.

The park provides a place to return to the simpler pleasures, such as clam digging, running free with other children, and exploring the woods and byways. Private automobiles are not allowed in the park, but are instead parked in a nearby lot as shuttles take visitors to the park, leaving the modern world out and completing the appeal of returning to a quiet get-away separated from the modern world.

The history at the park began long before the 1930s fishing resort. A rich archeological record shows that early Native Americans fished at the beach during the summers, and gathered berries in the woods nearby. The park with soon have interpretive centers talking about the native tribes and their customs.

Interpretation is already an important part of the Cama Beach State Park experience. The Center for Wooden Boats is a central feature at the park. This hands-on museum allows visitors to experience first hand the important maritime background and history of the area.

During the summers, there are programs, including sessions on nature journaling, geology beach walks, crafts and skills from the past, and programs for kids, usually on the weekend. The park plans to add programs in quilting and photography as well.

There is plenty to do at the park year round. Exploring the beaches is always a favorite, and bird watching and wildlife spotting can consume hours. There are 15 miles of trails for hiking or biking, and boat rentals are available for cruising the Sound.

Interpretive guides will help you enjoy the 433 acres of waterfront and the forest behind, or enjoy fishing, diving and swimming in the water. There are two horseshoe pits and an open fire circle for relaxing. A mile long path connects the park to the Camano Island State Park, which is a camping park set on 134 nearby acres. Visitors can spend a night camping in a tent before returning to the comforts of Oak Harbor's Coachman Inn to enjoy the amenities of modern life.

The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about the Whidbey Island parks during your stay with them.

Before you check out Cama Beach State Park on Whidbey Island, check into the nearby Coachman Inn, where we have been voted Best of Whidbey Island for two years running and awarded the AAA Three Diamond rating, their highest rating for vacation lodging. To check availability, call the Coachman now at 800-635-0043 or click here.

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