Proudly brought to you by Sound Water Stewards of Island County

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A field guide to shoreline access and facilities, parks, marine life, stewardship,

and natural history of

Island County, Washington.


Get your copy today!

About the Book

69 Beaches, 2 Islands,

one Book

The updated guide to Island County’s public access to 69 beaches

*Launch kayaks & boats  *Birding  

*Hiking  *Accessibility on beaches & trails  *Natural history  *Legal rights  

*Dog parks


Plus *Intertidal I.D. guide *Stewardship best practices  *Geology  *Beach processes

*History  *Tables & maps

A labor of love and dedication, this expanded version of Getting to the Water's Edge on Whidbey and Camano Islands adds new beach sites, trails, essays, photos, and illustrations. Challenges to our Salish Sea are addressed. Fully updated and produced entirely by Sound Water Steward volunteers, the book was generously supported by community sponsors, friends, and members of SWS who paid for the printing costs.


~Thank you~

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"Getting to the Water's Edge is back and it's brilliant! The third edition of Island County's preeminent guide to the shoreline is not only beautiful but packed with resources. It's a huge achievement for Sound Water Stewards and their deep talent pool of volunteers. They created a masterpiece that other counties envy, but none have been able to emulate."


~Dan Pedersen - Local author

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Sound Waters Marketplace


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Local places to purchase our book

Camano Island locations

Whidbey Island locations

Other locations

Kingfisher Bookstore

16 Front St. NW #1155

Coupeville, WA 98239



Moonraker Bookstore

209 1st St.

Langley, WA 98260



Elger Bay Grocery. Gifts & Journeys End Cafe

1992 S. Elger Bay Rd.

Camano, WA 98282



SeaPort Books

106 1st Street

Suite "F"

La Conner, WA 98257

J. Matheson Gifts, Kitchen & Gourmet

2615 Colby Ave.

Everett, WA 98201



Kristoferson Farm Gift Shop

& Canopy Tours NW

332 NE Camano Dr.

Camano, WA 98282


Wind & Tide Bookstore

790 SE Pioneer Way

Oak Harbor, WA 98277


Camano Commons Marketplace

848 Sunrise Blvd - Unit C

Camano WA, 98282




Welcome Center at Cama Beach State Park

1880 W Camano Dr.

Camano, WA 98282



The Picnic Pantry

8706 271st Street NW

Stanwood, WA 98292


Ace Freeland Home Center

1609 E. Main St.

Freeland, WA 98249


Village Books and Paper Dreams

1200 11th St.

Bellingham, WA 98225


We want to thank all of our  generous sponsors!

You helped make this book possible


For any inquiries, please contact our team at:

Tel: 360-678-4401

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1620

Freeland, WA 98249

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