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Camano Island

Camano Island is your chance to visit one of Puget Sound’s Islands without having to take a ferry. With quick access, and a laid-back rural atmosphere, no-wonder it’s called, “The Easy Island.”  Located just a few minutes’ drive off of Interstate 5, the island is your chance to walk uncrowded beaches, hike through forests and enjoy life at a slower pace.  The many seaside parks are the island’s star attractions.  Cama Beach and Camano Island State Parks offer spectacular views of Puget Sound. 

Cama Beach was a former fishing resort popular here in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. You can rent rustic cabins that are steps from the water.  Many people rent boats at the Center for Wooden Boats along with crab pots.  They catch, then cook fresh crab right on the beach! Iverson Spit and English Boom are parks that are a must-do for bird-watchers.  English Boom also features an ADA-compliant trail near the beach. For the more adventurous visitor, Canopy Tours NW offers zip-lining through the trees.  Camano Island is home to dozens of artists and many have galleries open on the weekends, especially during the summer.  There’s an open studio tour held over two weekends each May. The Stanwood-Camano area is also home to the Great Northwest Glass Quest, a 10-day treasure hunt for glass art held each spring.  Camano Commons has become a mini-downtown with several casual dining and shopping opportunities, making it a “must-do” when visiting the island.  

Both Cama Beach State Park and Camano Island State Park offer year-round cabin rentals. (see permit info.)

Bird of the Week: Valley Quail
Both valley (California) quail and mountain quail are found in Washington. Valley quail are by far the more abundant of the two and are found in vast numbers on both sides of the Cascades. Last year was a banner year for Quail in Okanogan Country, so you can spot quite a few this winter. Read More >>>>
Bird of the Week: Trumpeter Swan
Over the years Trumpeter Swans have battled extinction due to hunters and feather collectors decimating the population. In the early 20th century swan feathers were often converted into writing quills, and women used swan skin as powder puffs. As recently as the mid-1900's these birds began to make their recovery, thanks to the help of aggressive conservation. Read More >>>>
Eagles Preparing for Winter
Eagles can be found in every region of the Loop, and winter migration can bring hundreds of birds from Alaska to the local river valleys, like the Skagit, Methow, Wenatchee and Columbia. Depending on the year, migration usually begins in December, and the Skagit Valley Eagle Festival runs weekends in January. When snow begins to melt, most of the eagles head back north, but occasionally a pair will build a nest and set up residence – which can be a wonderful opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures. Read More >>>>
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