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Cama Beach Historical State Park
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Location Island County, Washington, United States
Nearest city Stanwood, Washington
Area 486 acres (197 ha)
Elevation 82 ft (25 m)
Designation Washington historical state park
Established 1934-1989
Administrator Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Website Cama Beach Historical State Park
Cama Beach Resort
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Cama Beach Resort, October 2013
Nearest city Stanwood, Washington
Area 38.3 acres (15.5 ha)
Built 1934 (1934)
Architectural style Bungalow/craftsman
NRHP reference No. 01000505
Added to NRHP May 15, 2001

Cama Beach State Park is a public recreation area facing Saratoga Passage on the southwest shore of Camano Island in Island County, Washington. The state park preserves the site of a renovated, modernized 1930s-era auto court and fishing resort.

History

The archaeological record shows that Native Americans were active along the shoreline now known as Cama Beach for thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers. The discovery of human remains and artifacts in the early 21st century threatened to scuttle the creation of a state park at the site. In 1934, LeRoy Stradley opened a fishing resort with some two dozen cabins that could be rented by vacationers at modest cost. After his death four years later, as many other Camano Island resort properties came and went, Stradley's family continued to operate Cama Beach Resort until 1989. Once closed, Stradley's granddaughters sold the resort, which had fallen into disrepair, to the state of Washington at a fraction of its estimated worth, contributing some of their earnings to the property's rehabilitation.

Activities and amenities

Park activities include boating, crabbing, scuba diving, fishing, swimming, hiking on 15 miles of trails, wildlife viewing, and horseshoes. A mile-long trail connects the park with Camano Island State Park. Overnight accommodations at Cama Beach include two bungalows and 24 waterfront cedar cabins. The Center for Wooden Boats operates the historic boathouse and shop, offering boat rentals (including boats from the site's days as a fishing resort), youth and adult sailing and boat building classes, and crabbing gear rentals.

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