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 sunset 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; Wednesday through Sunday 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 your line. 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.

Automated pay stations: This park is equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

PARK WI-FI SERVICE


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Free, high-speed Wi-Fi access is available in limited coverage areas at Cama Beach. For more information on coverage areas and hours of service and our growing list of parks with Wi-Fi service, visit our parks Wi-Fi page.

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ADA amenities/facilities

  • Restroom
  • Cafe: open for breakfast and lunch every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. September through mid-June, and seven days a week from mid-June through Labor Day

Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities. 

Activities

Trails

  • 15 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Boat rental (row, sail and motor)
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Swimming

Other activities & features

  • Beach exploration
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Boathouse
  • Cabins
  • Cafe
  • Cama Center
  • Children’s activities
  • Raised charcoal braziers (14)
  • Fire circles (4)
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Interpretive programs
  • Park store
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms
  • Toy boat building
  • Wildlife viewing

Restaurant/Rentals/Park Store

  • Cama Beach Cafe - Named one of the top ten brunch restaurants by Best of Western Washington, the Cama Beach Cafe resides inside the lodge. There is interior seating and outdoor patio seating to enjoy those beautiful PNW days. They provide farm fresh food featuring a delicious bakery serving up breakfast and lunch. The Cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., mid-June through Labor Day and Friday through Sunday September through mid-June. For more information and to inquire about their specialty dinners, please visit them online or on Instagram.
  • The Center for Wooden Boats - Known for promoting PNW maritime history and heritage, the Center for Wooden Boats operates out of the Cama Beach historic boathouse in addition to their main Seattle location. They offer kayak, row boat, motor boat, and sailboat rentals, as well as a wealth of knowledge about boating, fishing, and crabbing. Current hours are Thursday/Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please visit them online for more information.
  • Cama Beach Historic Store - Operated by the Cama Beach Foundation (WA State Parks 2020 volunteer group of the year), the Historic Store offers a variety of snacks, beverages, ice cream, toiletries, toys, stuffed animals, books, games, gifts, and more. The best part? All proceeds go toward educational programs at the park! Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visit them online to learn more about the store and upcoming events.
Interpretive opportunities
The Center for Wooden Boats offers toy boat building from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Saturday. Classes are free, however, a suggested donation of $5 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 many days throughout each week. 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.

Additional information

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