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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We want to thank all of our  generous sponsors!

You helped make this book possible