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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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2761 news items


The Seattle Times
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 22:23:21 -0700

Two kayakers spotted the body of a diver floating in the water off the west coast of Camano Island on Saturday evening and towed the man's body to shore, then called 911, according to the Island County Sheriff's Office. The body was found in Elger Bay ...

Stanwood Camano News

Stanwood Camano News
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:41:15 -0700

Foundation II by Ruth Hesse is in the show, Summer Moments, opening Saturday, June 27 at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park (voted best gallery) with a potluck party, 4:30 to 9 p.m. The show includes glass, sculptures and paintings by Alissa ...
Stanwood Camano News
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:33:45 -0700

Every year, under the Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act, counties in Washington are required to conduct an annual point in time (PIT) count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in the state in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. ...

Sky Valley Chronicle

Sky Valley Chronicle
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 02:32:15 -0700

CAMANO ISLAND RESIDENTS BADLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT June 08, 2015. MAP shows where accident happened. CLICK TO ENARGE. (CONCRETE, WA.) -- The Washington State Patrol (WSP) says two Camano Island residents were ...

Stanwood Camano News

Stanwood Camano News
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:18:45 -0700

Tyler Huffaker and his mom, dad and little brother learn what paramedics do from Camano Island paramedic J. Renhardt, at the Camano Island Preparedness and Safety Fair Saturday, June 6. The event featured several organizations that work for the safety ...
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 00:08:24 -0700

The Camano Library is Sno-Isle Libraries' first new facility since 2010, when the Coupeville Library was finished. Camano Island voters approved a $2.3 million bond in April 2014 to establish a permanent library on the island. A temporary library has ...

Stanwood Camano News

Stanwood Camano News
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:51:59 -0700

Sixth-grade students at Summit Expeditionary Academy, on Camano Island, have spent the past three months doing an intensive study on marine debris and the impacts of plastics in the oceans (see Opinion, page A4). After looking at the issue on a global ...


Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:06:08 -0700

Drops of rain from a quick shower rest on the leaves of a fern on Kathryn Wells' and Ken Johnson's property near Camano Island State Park. The wire mesh underneath protects one of the native species of plants Wells is trying to encourage to spread.

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