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Not to be confused with Kamano Island.
Camano Island beach 01.jpg
A beach on Camano Island in Camano Island State Park
Camano Island is located in Washington (state)
Camano Island
Camano Island (Washington)
Location Puget Sound
Coordinates 48°11′N 122°30′W / 48.183°N 122.500°W / 48.183; -122.500Coordinates: 48°11′N 122°30′W / 48.183°N 122.500°W / 48.183; -122.500
Area 39.77 sq mi (103.0 km2)
Length 15.6 mi (25.1 km)
Width 0.75–6.6 mi (1.21–10.62 km)
United States
State Washington
County Island County
Population 13358 (as of 2000)
Density 335.9 /sq mi (129.69 /km2)

Camano Island /kəˈmn/ is a large island in the Possession Sound portion of Puget Sound, located in Island County, Washington, between Whidbey Island and the mainland. The body of water separating Whidbey Island and Camano Island is called Saratoga Passage. Camano Island is separated from mainland Snohomish County by Davis Slough near the city of Stanwood. The island is reached via State Route 532 over the Camano Gateway Bridge in the northeast of the island.

There were 13,358 residents on the island as of the 2000 census, but the population peaks at 17,000 during the summer months with retired "snowbirds." The island has a total land area of 102.99 km² (39.77 sq mi), though it was larger before the Great Slide of 1825.

Name origin[edit]

Camano Island is named for the Spanish explorer Jacinto Caamaño. Charles Wilkes, during the Wilkes Expedition of 1838–1842, named it MacDonough Island in honor of Thomas MacDonough for his victory of the Battle of Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. Following this theme, Wilkes named the body of water between Camano and Whidbey Island after MacDonough's flagship the Saratoga. When Henry Kellett reorganized the official British Admiralty charts in 1847, he removed Wilkes' name MacDonough and bestowed the name Camano, which the Spanish had originally given to Admiralty Inlet in 1790. Wilkes' name Saratoga Passage was retained.[1]


  • The Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival (Feb) [2]
  • The Camano Island Mother's Day Art Studio Tour (May) [3]
  • The Spring Art Show (June)[4]
  • Twin City Idlers Classic Car Show (June) [5]
  • Art by the Bay, The Stanwood–Camano Festival of Art and Music (July)[6]
  • Vintage Trailer Show (July) [7]
  • The Stanwood Camano Community Fair (August) [8]
  • Collectors Car Show (August)
  • The Harvest Jubilee (Sept) [9]
  • The AAUW Art for Education Show (October)
  • The Stanwood–Camano Chili & Chowder Cookoff (November) [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3. 
  2. ^ "Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival". Snowgoosefest. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  3. ^ "The Camano Island Mother's Day Art Studio Tour". Camanoarts.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  4. ^ "The Spring Art Show". Stanwoodcamanoarts.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  5. ^ "Annual Events". Ci.stanwood.wa.us. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Art by the Bay". Artbythebay.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Third Annual Vintage Trailer Show". Stanwoodcamanofair.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Stanwood-Camano Community Fair". Stanwoodcamanofair.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Harvest Jubilee". Harvestjubilee.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  10. ^ "Camano Island Chamber of Commerce". Cmanoisland.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 

External links[edit]

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Fri, 29 May 2015 00:07:30 -0700

Front Porch: Safety fair for Camano Island. facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon Comments. Published: Friday, May 29, 2015, 12:01 a.m.. Safety fair for Camano. A fair focused on safety and preparedness is planned for June 6 on ...
Thu, 21 May 2015 16:14:31 -0700

The amphitheater is part of the 173-acre state park on the west coast of Camano Island. With its mix of wooded trails, expansive ocean and mountain views and long, rocky beach, the park is a popular summer destination for campers and daytime visitors.

Stanwood Camano News

Stanwood Camano News
Tue, 26 May 2015 10:03:45 -0700

A new club at Port Susan Middle School, the Builders Club is a student-led service group that builds leadership qualities through serving others. Sponsored by the Stanwood Kiwanis Club, the Kiwanis Builder's Club collected more than 150 pairs of shoes ...

Stanwood Camano News

Stanwood Camano News
Tue, 05 May 2015 11:33:45 -0700

Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 11:24 am | Updated: 11:29 am, Tue May 5, 2015. Camano Island Art Tour begins By SARAH ARNEY Staff Reporter Stanwood/Camano News. Benefits of the Camano Island Art Tour reach far beyond the pockets of the artists.

PR Web (press release)

PR Web (press release)
Wed, 06 May 2015 05:00:00 -0700

This Friday, May 8, the Camano Island Studio Tour will open to welcome an estimated 5,000 visitors to the tranquil artist community island over the course of its two-weekend event. For seventeen years, the Studio Tour has attracted art lovers and ...
Fri, 29 May 2015 02:11:15 -0700

Flea market: The Camano Animal Shelter Association's annual Flea Market and open house will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 30 at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 E. Camano Drive, Camano Island. Hot dog lunch available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Shelter open for ...
Access Washington
Fri, 15 May 2015 14:12:07 -0700

OLYMPIA – May 15, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Camano Island State Park invite the public to attend the park's amphitheater speaker series taking place throughout the summer. Opening the series on May 23 is Rick ...

Stanwood Camano News

Stanwood Camano News
Tue, 19 May 2015 10:40:29 -0700

The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. For information, call 387-2236, visit camanowildlifehabitat.org or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

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