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Pass State Park...Back to Map...
Washington's favorite state park. Visitors flock to see the spectacular
bridge and Pass. Because of Whidbey Island's temperate climate, many birds
and waterfowl winter here, including an abundance of bald eagles. Fishing
is popular in Cranberry Lake and in waters surrounding the Island. Charters
are available at Cornet Bay's marina. Sightseeing, dinner, and whale-watching
cruises are available from many nearby sites. Tent and RV camping are
available year round.
2. Ala Spit
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Island County recreation area and a special favorite of bird
watchers. A broad, open area with splendid water and mountain
vistas, Ala Spit and vicinity offer unique views of the
Skagit River mud flats and attendant bird and marine life.
Whidbey State Park...Back to Map...
Stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands,
and Vancouver Island. A place to stroll the beach, enjoy the scenery,
and watch winter and spring bird migrations. The park and West Beach
Road immediately to the south are great locations for watching winter
storms and their aftermath-Puget Sound's only true surf! Cowabunga,
dude! Picnic facilities near the beach. Day use only.
4. Oak Harbor ...Back to Map...
Oak Harbor is the largest city and the commercial center of Island
County, with convention facilities and award-winning hotels. It hosts several
annual festivals and events. Performing arts, entertainment and golf are
available year round. Its large marina, an airport with scheduled airline
service, and car rentals provide transportation flexibility. Oak Harbor
is named for the Garry Oak, which is unique to the area. Home of Naval
Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor is a favorite duty location for
U.S. Navy personnel, many of whom eventually retire in the area.
5. Hastie Lake
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Years of silting and partial filling of what was once the largest lake
on Whidbey has produced a major wetland. Home to numerous transitory and
resident waterfowl and other wildlife.
Lagoon...Back to Map...
Extensive tidelands feature great clamming and world-famous Penn
Cove mussels. See great blue herons and the results of heavy
7. Fort Ebey State Park
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Part of the original "Triangle of Death," Ft. Ebey protected Puget
Sound from invasion. It now offers miles of hiking trails and stunning
high-bluff views of Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula. Hike or bike
the Kettles Trail (10) into the town of Coupeville.
8. Ebey's Landing National Historical
Reserve ...Back to Map...
The nation's first such reserve, and part of the National Park Service.
An area mostly privately owned but dedicated to the preservation and enhancement
of historic lands and buildings. Beach, bluff, trails and magnificent
views of farms, prairie, Admiralty Inlet, the waters of Penn Cove,
the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and Oak Harbor Airport are within
its boundaries. Tune in 1610 on your AM radio for more information.
9. Coupeville & Rhododendron Park...Back
The second oldest town in the entire state and the county seat.
It has over 100 buildings listed in the National Historic
Register. The town's shopping areas and historic waterfront
reflect the charm of bygone days. Situated on placid Penn
Cove, whose glassy surface belies an abundance of marine
life, Coupeville is a lovely
backdrop for a calendar of festivals and special events. Coupeville's
historic inns, friendly pubs, fine restaurants, and intimate B&B's
beckon visitors to stay and relax. Home to the Island County
Historical Society Museum, Coupeville also has a boat launch
and a historic wharf for transient moorage.
Rhododendron Park is a Island County
park. It is two miles east of Coupeville on Hwy. 20 (Directly
across from Recycle Center).
Trails Recreation Area ...Back to Map...
Known locally as a "park" it is public land with unusual
Ice Age geologic formations known as "kettles" and 28 miles
of trails for exploring. Wonderful for biking, horseback
riding, or just a scenic stroll. Borders Ft. Ebey St. Park to
the west and a paved trail connects to Coupeville.
Casey and Keystone State Parks; Keystone
Ferry ...Back to Map...
Originally the major focus of the "Triangle of Death" designed to prevent
a naval invasion, Fort Casey now welcomes visitors to its battlements
and the charming Admiralty Head Lighthouse. The fort's 10-inch "disappearing"
guns are now aimed across busy shipping lanes filled with freighters,
and passenger ships, as well as naval cruisers, aircraft carriers,
and submarines. Don't miss beautiful Crockett Lake and Keystone Spit, adjacent
to Fort Casey. Both abound with birds and marine life. Unforgettable
vistas of water and mountains await. Take the ferry to Port Townsend
from here or check out the activities at the Casey Conference Center.
Keystone State Park is a favorite of fishermen and scuba divers.
12. Hancock Nature Reserve & Overlook ...Back to Map...
A World War II bombing practice site is now a saltwater estuary with
protected birds and animal species. The reserve is also the foreground
for stunning sunsets behind the Olympic Mountains. The overlook is east
of the highway.
and Greenbank Farm...Back
At the mile-wide "waistline" of Whidbey, capture convenient
360° vistas -- the peaks of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier to the
east and of the Olympic Mountain Range to the west. Greenbank
is also home to historic Coupe's Greenbank Store
and the Greenbank Loganberry Farm. The 522 acre Farm was
acquired for public use and houses some retail shopping.
14. Meerkerk Rhododendron
Gardens ...Back to Map...
53 acres and miles of trails provide color and serenity year round
for nature and garden lovers.
15. South Whidbey
State Park ...Back to Map...
Impressive old-growth forest. Appealing campsites, with picnic areas
and barbecue pits. An extensive hiking trail provides a fun educational
experience on a forest walk, or take the high bluff trail down through
the old-growth forest to a secluded sandy beach.
16. Freeland...Back to Map...
An "off-highway delight" with beautiful views of Holmes Harbor. Convenient
to many Island attractions, Freeland offers a full range of services, restaurants,
shopping and overnight comfort. Launch your boat at Freeland Park on protected
Holmes Harbor. Enjoy outstanding winter salmon fishing here or play the
scenic 18 hole Holmes Harbor Golf Course.
Bluff Beach...Back to Map...
Miles of broad, sandy beach, tidal pools, and unusual bluff erosion.
Also evidence of violent glacial action. One of Whidbey's best bets for
glimpsing an elusive gray whale.
A small-town world just minutes from the Mukilteo ferry and
the fast pace of the metropolis. Tucked into flower-filled
alleys and courtyards and along the main streets of this
waterfront town are art galleries, antique stores, shops,
restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses, and brew pubs. Langley
offers views of Saratoga Passage, Camano Island, and the Cascades.
On most days see great blue herons, sea lions, and an
occasional gray whale. A 246-seat theater supports a year-round
program of local and touring music, theater, and
dance. The Langley area has more than 50 small inns and
B&B's. South Whidbey Air Park accommodates small aircraft,
and the Langley Small Boat Harbor provides transient moorage.
The Mukilteo-Clinton ferry provides the quickest surface access
to Whidbey from the Seattle metropolitan area and Sea-Tac
airport. Drive time (including ferry) to Clinton from
Sea-Tac is about an hour and a half. Clinton has a nine-hole
golf course (Island Greens), and fishing is available
at Deer Lake, Possession Point County Park (which also has a
boat launch ramp and beach access),and the Clinton Fishing
Island State Park and Camano Island ...Back
Camano Island has 52 miles of scenic shoreline. The most popular destination
on the island is 134-acre Camano Island State Park. The park offers year-round
saltwater fishing for salmon and bottom fish; excellent seasonal clamming;
and secluded, wooded campsites; a five-mile, self-guided nature
trail and a series of loop trails for hiking; beachcombing;
an underwater park for scuba diving; a kitchen; and a picnic
shelter. Camano Island is a rural landscape blessed
with a thriving artistic community, Douglas fir, and all that
the unspoiled Northwest offers. No need for a ferry-just drive on
and spend a day or a weekend exploring its natural beauty. Spend
an evening touring innovative galleries representing the finest
in Northwest art, past and present.
21. Utsalady Bay
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Once the busiest port in Puget Sound, Utsalady still shows traces
of its lumbering/sawmill past. A peaceful retreat for enjoying
amazing views of Whidbey, the Skagit River delta, and the
Cascade Mountains. English boom park is near by.
Cove ...Back to Map...
A remarkably peaceful, secluded area with glimpses of unusual bird
and marine life. Stay at a nearby B&B or traverse the cove's edge.
Beach...Back to Map...
A county park offering beach access, a boat launch, and views of Stanwood
and the Stillaguamish River delta.
Delta & Livingston Bay ...Back
Tide flats that attract flocks of snow geese, blue heron, marsh
hawks, and other birds. Site of a local battle to preserve
the ecosystem from invading, non-native spartina grass.
25. Cama Beach State
Park (Open 2008) ...Back to Map...
Cama Beach State Park, with its historic fishing resort, restored
cabins and camping, Environmental Learning Center, a mile
long beach front and ADA accessible trails will make for
a wonderful outdoor experience for all. Right next
to item #20 on the map.
Woods ...Back to Map...
Whidbey Islands newest park. The Metcalf Trust Lands and
reserved DNR lands adjoin the park and share their trail systems.
A mammoth "glacial eradic" stone the size of a house sits along
a side trail.
Dugualla State Park ...Back to Map...
A little known area located just south of duguall bay at the end
of sleeper road. This area is listed in the non-motorized trail
plan for Island County.
Lupien - Oak Harbor Airport...Back to Map...
1140 N Monroe Landing Rd, Oak Harbor
- Camano Island Airfield...Back to Map...
1212 N Moore Rd, Camano Island
South Whidbey Air Park ...Back
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