It's "the island you can drive to!" Camano Island hangs off the edge of the Washington mainland 55 miles north of Seattle like a giant, green parenthesis. Unlike the more developed San Juan Islands to the north, you won't have to wait for a ferry here. Yet, despite Camano Island's accessibility, it's generally unspoiled. Surrounded by Saratoga Passage to the west, Skagit Bay to the north, and Port Susan to the east, the island is naturally isolated and is protected even further by two State Parks within its boundaries. Little wonder, then, that loyal visitors to Camano Island swell the population each summer to enjoy a pristine island environment free of glitzy tourist traps. Carpeted with majestic evergreen forests and rimmed by 56 miles of pristine beaches, Camano Island is 39.7 square miles of unadulterated Pacific Northwest beauty and abundance. Your first stop, as you enter Camano Island, should be the Camano Gateway: the center where you'll find lots of useful info about parks, recreational activities, and local businesses. Boaters will find launch sites at Utsalady Bay and Cavalero Beach. Head over to Cama Beach State Park where you'll find a restored 1930's fishing resort. And speaking of fishing, Camano Island is unparalleled! Camano Island has fishing available during every season: from salmon in the winter, spring & summer; to lingcod, Dolly Varden trout & cutthroat in May/June; to year-round flounder and bottomfish. Iverson Beach is one of the few places in Washington State where you can fish for sturgeon year-round from shore! (Hikers: There's also a great trail that winds through the preserve). Or, check out Camano Island State Park, whose 134 acres is filled with mountain vistas and miles of beach perfect for shellfish harvesting. The east side of Camano offers stellar views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, the Cascade Mountains and quiet Port Susan. Camano Island isn't all wilderness, however. There are a few restaurants, grocery stores, galleries and shops. And there are events, among which are the Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival (February), The Spring Art Show (June), Art by the Bay and The Stanwood-Camano Festival of Art and Music (July), The Harvest Jubilee (September), and The Stanwood-Camano Chili & Chowder Cook-off (November). No matter when you come to Camano Island, you'll discover an environment filled with astounding beauty, one refreshingly unscathed by human hands.