Available at the Park: The
Book on Cama Beach:
Cama Beach: A Guide and a History
How a Unique State Park was
Created from a Family Fishing Resort and a Native American Camping Site
by Gary Worthington
$12.00, Trade Paperback
160 pages with maps and
You may purchase the book only
through the park.
All proceeds go toward funding educational
and interpretive programs at Cama Beach State Park.
as of summer 2008, this unique new park offers:
• A peaceful and beautiful island
environment, easily accessible to mainland population centers
by bridge, only an hour plus from Seattle, Washington.
• Over a mile of saltwater beach for
• 434 acres of forested uplands with lake,
with extensive hiking trails.
• Overnight cabin rentals.
• Meeting, dining, and event facilities in
the new Cama Center building with its spectacular water view,
now a popular wedding venue.
• Center for Wooden Boats with boat
building and handling classes, programs for troubled youth,
and boat rentals.
• Meals available at the Cama Beach Cafe in
the new Cama Center Building (daily in the summer, weekends
only in other seasons).
• Historic store operated in the summer
season by the Cama Beach Foundation volunteers, offering ice
cream, beverages, snacks, educational materials, and
• Environmental education programs for
• A "time capsule" of almost
fifty historic resort buildings, listed on the National
Historic Register and the Washington Heritage Register.
• Courses related to the special
attributes of the site, such as regional maritime history,
natural history, and Native American history.
TO VIEW A SITE PLAN AND LOCATION MAP, CLICK
HERE: Cama Beach Site Plan
Historic Waterfront Rental Cabins (above)
Cama Center Great Room (above)
The park's creation and development:
• A pioneering public/private partnership
between the State Parks and Recreation Commission, the former
owners, and the Center for Wooden Boats has been involved in
creating the new park.
• The park was acquired through land donations
of 60% of the value from the former owners, and the remainder in public funding from various sources.
• The Center for Wooden Boats and others
renovated the boathouse, shop, and former garage
• 1930s summer cabins and other buildings were
upgraded for year
Access roads and parking areas for approximately 175 cars
are completed, as well as walking trails, landscaping, and lighting; a new water system
with 85,000-gallon reservoir tank; and new underground
electrical lines and sewage systems.
Supporting facilities on the
higher elevations, including a welcome station, dropoff shelter,
and comfort stations.
• Upgrading of water, sewage, and
electrical systems in the waterfront area to meet modern standards.
• Recent construction of a new Cama Center building with
dining and meeting facilities, funded by donations from the former
owners and state money.
Although currently not budgeted due to the
state's financial crisis, a new Retreat Lodge with overnight
accommodations and meeting rooms has been fully designed and
planned for a location adjacent to the Cama Center.
To make a tax-deductible donation toward
the funding of Cama Beach State Park, please contact the
Washington State Parks Foundation by clicking here
2001 Gary Worthington. All rights reserved.
Revised: December 19, 2012