Cama Beach Historical State Park

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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 Friday, 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. 

Park features 


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.
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  1. Activities
  2. Cabins
  3. History
  4. Maps
  5. Video

While at Cama Beach you can explore the expansive shoreline, gaze at beautiful sunsets, view an array of wildlife, hike or bike the area’s 15 miles of trails, take in a boating workshop with the Center for Wooden Boats or just relax in a cozy historic cabin that offers the best of both worlds - the feel of earlier times and the ease of modern conveniences.

Cama Beach Historical State Park is set in a spectacular, 433-acre waterfront location against a forested backdrop. It is connected by a mile-long trail to Camano Island State Park, a 134-acre camping park. Both parks are open for day use or overnight stays year 'round.

ADA Amenities/Facilities


  • Restroom
  • Cafe': Breakfast & lunch Friday thru Sunday year 'round and seven days a week June through Labor Day

Activities


Trails


  • 15 miles of hiking trails

Water Activities & Features
  • Boat rental: row, sail, motor
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Swimming

Other Activities & Features


  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Children's activities
  • Four fire circles
  • Toy boat building
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive Opportunities


The Center for Wooden Boats offers toy boat building from 10 am 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.

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