The entrance to Cama Beach could well be a doorway to an earlier time. Set on Camano Island, an hour north of Seattle, the original family resort had its heyday from the 1930s to the 1950s. This place has retained the feel of a bygone era, with rows of cabins, a park store and a large campfire circle for evening socializing.
The current state park also features a great hall and café, as well as boat-building classes offered by The Center for Wooden Boats on scheduled weekends in the boathouse.
The porch of your west-facing cabin is the perfect place to spot a marine mammal, watch the sun set and gaze at the stars before turning in for the night. Traveling in winter? The cabin’s front window offers prime storm watching over Saratoga Passage, along with a cozy escape from the rain.
When morning comes, breakfast aromas beckon sleepy guests to the Cama Beach Cafe, where omelets, baked goods and lattes await (open Saturday and Sunday in fall, winter and spring; daily during the summer).
While the park invites you to slow your pace and unwind, you will still be engaged at Cama Beach. Between boat rentals, interpretive programs and events, you and your family will be busy. The historic cabins provide a built-in social life, like the camp resorts of old, with kids playing and riding bikes and families gathering for beach exploration and card games.
Need solitude? Take a hike along the bluff, have a swim or find a fishing spot and cast out. Make sure to soak up this remnant of the past before heading back to the modern world.
Cama Beach Historical State Park is set in a spectacular, 486-acre waterfront location against a forested backdrop. It is connected by a mile-long trail to the 244-acre Camano Island State Park, which also is open for day use and overnight stays year 'round.
Discover Pass:A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Cafe': breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday from September through May, and seven days a week from June through Labor Day
15 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
Boat rental (row, sail and motor)
Other activities & features
Fire circles (4)
Toy boat building
The Center for Wooden Boats offers toy boat building from 10 a.m. until noon each Saturday. Classes are free, however, a suggested donation of $3 is appreciated.
Kids and family programs include painting and drawing nature scenes, "Build-a-Bird," nature journaling, crafting tree-ring-ornaments and necklaces, creating baskets from natural materials, and many other activities for kids (and adults) of all ages.
From mid-June through Labor Day, programs are offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Additional programs are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays when presenters are available. Beach walks, Cama Beach Bingo and other activities led by naturalists are presented during the summer. Please check with the Historic Park Store for more information.
Cama Beach offers multiple options for an overnight get-a-way. You can choose a cozy beach bungalow or a rustic cabin on the beach.
Reservations & fees
Cabin and bungalow reservations can be made by calling (360) 387-1550; reservation staff are available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There is a two-night minimum required for stays covering a Friday, Saturday or holiday.
Cama Beach Historical State Park features a park store at the north end of the waterfront cabins, just east of the historic gas pumps. As a busy fishing resort the store was the "Social Hub" - guests would stop in 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. The store also has a lending library with books, games and toys for all guests to enjoy.
The store also is home of the Cama Beach Foundation, a non-profit organization with volunteers who are eager to answer questions about the park and help visitors enjoy their time at Cama Beach.
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.