Close to Seattle but a world away, Camano Island Camping 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 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 1930's 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.
Great spot for living by the water for a few days. Plenty to do as long as you're into beach-combing, hiking, crabbing, fishing, kayaking, or just watching the water. There's a sweet spot late summer when you can add berry-picking to the activities list. It gets quite busy, but not as overrun as other parks in the islands. This place is ideal for tent camping and hiking around the green trails with pretty awesome views of the sound. If you'd rather go RV/cabin experience, you might be better off down the road at Cama (?) I think.
Camano Island is a great campground for newly and/or easy campers. It’s a bit far enough a way from the city but not too far away of a long drive. The view of the water is perfect and you’re able to get peace and quiet.
Stayed in the group site with my daughter’s American Heritage Girls troop. We had 22 girls and there was plenty of room. This is a huge group site. Has running water, a couple fire pits and a bunch of picnic tables. These are lots of level spots to pitch tents. The flush toilets and shower house are in the parking area for this site so really convenient. We drove down to the beach from the site but I’m pretty sure there is a trail if you wanted to walk. We had a great time!
This is a small park along the west side of the rather large Camano Island. There’s boating and a few small trails, if you don’t have a boat or don’t plan to fish or crab there’s not much to do but sit and enjoy the waves with a picnic. There’s another state park up the road with more swimming. The cabins are modern but feel more rustic than a motel and put you right in the middle of the island’s charm and beauty.
Camano Island State Park has a beach, camp sites and a hiking trail. They even have little rustic cabins for rent. That would be a fun low key weekend trip. The hiking trail is a little 3 mile loop with beautiful views.
When you enter the park if you keep driving to the end of the road you’ll get to a large parking lot. Drive to the furthest point of that and you’ll reach this beach access. This is a great place to walk on the beach or let your dog go for a swim.
On your way home I recommend stopping at the Camano Island Inn and getting a glass of wine and a snack. They have a big back yard with tables and will allow your dog to dine out there with you if it’s not too crowded. There is a lovely view of the water and you can pick a table on their deck or right on the lovely grass.