Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival > Local Area Parks
(WA State, Snohomish County & Island County)
Stanwood and Camano Island’s mild weather and central location within Washington’s
beautiful Puget Sound makes it an attractive year-round destination for people and wildlife.
Permanent residents include the Great Blue Heron, Eagles, Hawks, and shorebirds. The area
is home for several species of duck which often all can be seen from a single vantage point.
In the early winter months, Snow Geese stop over as they migrate south for the winter.
Bald Eagles have a strong presence on Camano Island as well. Open fields, wetlands and
miles of scenic coastline encourage a diverse bird and wildlife population, no matter what
time of year you visit! The many local area parks offer many locations from which
to watch a very wide variety of birds, both local and migrating.
Four Springs Lake Preserve: View Map
Follow Lewis Lane to the end. This new 50-acre preserve consists of a mixed
coniferous-deciduous forest with a lake and extensive wetlands. A 1-mile perimeter
trail is available for public use. Bald eagle, pileated woodpecker and wood ducks are
Cama Beach State Park: View Map | Visit their web site
Located on the southwest shore of Camano Island facing Saratoga Passage. Cama Beach
offers visitors a chance to step back in time to a 1930s-era Puget Sound fishing resort complete
with waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows. These have been refurbished, with modern
conveniences added, and are available for rent year round to individuals and groups.
Within a 90-minute drive of Seattle, Cama Beach offers day and overnight visitors alike
a "time capsule" experience. The historic fishing resort was a favorite summer getaway for
families for more than 50 years. The area, used for centuries by Native Americans for fishing
and hunting, looks out on sweeping views of the Sound, with Whidbey Island and the
Olympic Mountains beyond.
Camano Island State Park: View Map | Visit their web site
This park has several hiking trails that take in the diversity of the park habitats, including
mixed coniferous-deciduous forest, wetland and extensive salt water (Saratoga Passage).
Bald eagles, Harlequin ducks, loons, pileated woodpeckers and mixed flocks of chickadees,
kinglets and creepers are common.
A 134-acre camping park with 6,700 feet of rocky shoreline and beach. The park
provides sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and offers opportunities for