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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.

During the Last Ice Age the island, sound and land surrounding the sound was covered by a mile thick sheet of ice. As temperatures rose the glacier receding carving the island and leaving behind deposits of glacial till.[1]

Name origin[edit]

Camano Island is named for the Spanish explorer Jacinto Caamaño. The original name of the island was Kal-lut-chin which in the language of the indigenous Snohomish tribe meant "land jutting into a bay".[2] They used the island as a base during the fishing and shellfish gathering expeditions.[1] 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.[3]

Jacinto Caamaño explored much of the Pacific Northwest going as farth north as what is now Alaska for the Spanish. He began his expedition far to the south in San Blas, Mexico.[4] In addition to its Snohomish name the island has also been known as Macdonough Island named for Thomas Macdonough a U.S. Navy officer during the War of 1812 and as Perry Island after an 1855 treaty between local Native Americans and Washington Territory governor Isaac Stevens.[4] The first Euro-American settlers on the island arrived at the time of the signing of the treaty.[2] Lastly the island was called Crow Island during the logging era that took place during the early 1900s.[4]


  • The Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival (Feb) [5]
  • The Camano Island Mother's Day Art Studio Tour (May) [6]
  • The Spring Art Show (June)[7]
  • Twin City Idlers Classic Car Show (June) [8]
  • Art by the Bay, The Stanwood–Camano Festival of Art and Music (July)[9]
  • Vintage Trailer Show (July) [10]
  • The Stanwood Camano Community Fair (August) [11]
  • Collectors Car Show (August)
  • The Harvest Jubilee (Sept) [12]
  • The AAUW Art for Education Show (October)
  • The Stanwood–Camano Chili & Chowder Cookoff (November) [13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Camano Island State Park: Wildlife and Environmental Features". Washington State Parks. Archived from the original on 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Camano Island State Park". Washington State Parks. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  3. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3. 
  4. ^ a b c "Area History". Camano Island Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  5. ^ "Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival". Snowgoosefest. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  6. ^ "The Camano Island Mother's Day Art Studio Tour". Camanoarts.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  7. ^ "The Spring Art Show". Stanwoodcamanoarts.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Annual Events". Ci.stanwood.wa.us. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Art by the Bay". Artbythebay.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  10. ^ "Third Annual Vintage Trailer Show". Stanwoodcamanofair.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  11. ^ "Stanwood-Camano Community Fair". Stanwoodcamanofair.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  12. ^ "Harvest Jubilee". Harvestjubilee.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  13. ^ "Camano Island Chamber of Commerce". Cmanoisland.org. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 

External links[edit]

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:02:48 -0700

The 412 route, which is part of the Everett connector, runs from Camano Island to Everett. It was cut in 2014 after state funding for the route dried up, but the funding was re-established in the state's new budget.

South Whidbey Record (subscription)

South Whidbey Record (subscription)
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:04:54 -0700

Two juveniles were arrested for animal cruelty after allegedly dousing a chicken with gasoline and throwing it in a bonfire on Camano Island, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. On April 13, a staff member at Pasado's Safe Haven, an animal ...

HeraldNet (blog)

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:56:15 -0700

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 00:21:52 -0700

Camano Island filmmaker Bruce Baillie will be celebrated this week at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The Film Society of Lincoln Center offers its “Art of the Real,” a showcase for documentary films, April 8 through 12. This year's festival ...
Wall Street Journal
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:22:17 -0700

When a pair of empty nesters decided to build a beach house on Camano Island, Wash.—set on the Cascadian fault line—they had mudslides on their mind. In the event of an earthquake, part of a steep slope behind their house could sweep the home away.


Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:44:28 -0700

Whitmore Gallery: Artist Jill Whitmore has opened her gallery at Terry's Corner on Camano Island. Stop by from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until Labor Day. More at www.windsingers.com.
Stanwood Camano News
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:18:45 -0700

Island Transit's board of directors voted unanimously last Monday to reinstate Route 412, the Everett connector, beginning June 20. Riders will pay $2 each way. This will be the first time in its 29-year history that the transit agency has charged a fare.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:11:15 -0700

Pamper: A day for women on Camano A free Women's Expo is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. A fashion show by Laurie's Boutique will give women ideas for putting together a great look, while ...

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