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In 1995, Friends of Camano Island Parks began conducting guided Camano Trail Walks for the public on the first Saturday of the month from November through May. Walks take place on Island County and State park trails constructed, maintained and enhanced by FOCIP through its stewardship program. All walks start at 9:50 a.m. and are completed by noon.
Join FOCIP members and the Backyard Wildlife Habitat stewards on these walks. See the unique features of each park. The pace is moderate and walks take place rain or shine. Walks are canceled if there is snow or extremely high winds. Walkers are asked to wear appropriate clothes for the weather and sturdy shoes or boots. No pass requirement for State Park walks. No dogs please for the safety of the walkers.
Saturday, Nov. 7: Cama Beach State Park
Meet at 9:50 at Ivy Road and Dry Lake Road junction. You may access Dry Lake Road from Elger Bay Road north of Elger Bay Elementary School or Monticello Road that intersects West Camano Road and Elger Bay Road. Parking is on the Ivy Road cul-de-sac. We will walk from the N.E. section of Cama down hill to the Cut Off Trail and then walk the Marine View loop Trail, followed by the Bluff Trail and Old Entrance Trail 2.7 miles total. Shuttles will be available for those wishing a ride back to Ivy. Option to walk back to Ivy would make the walk 3.9 miles total. A State park pass is not required. The walk is completed by noon.
Saturday, Dec 5: Elger Bay Preserve
Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the junction of Elger Bay Road and Dry Lake Road just north of the Elger Bay Elementary School and Elger Bay Store. This is a fairly level trail with one 50’ gain toward the middle of the walk. The beautifully signed Elger Bay Nature Trail with a side trip to the beaver marsh platform is part of the walk. The walk is a 2.5 mile round trip, completed by noon.
Saturday, Jan. 2: Camano Island State Park
Meet at 9:50 at the picnic shelter near the boat ramp at Camano Island State Park. Park pass required, but for those without, a temporary is provided bv FOCIP. The walk includes 2 elevation gains of about 50’ with the rest of the walk fairly level. The trail is 2.6 miles long with excellent views of Saratoga Passage and Elger Bay including a walk through a beautiful “fern grotto.” and ravine.
Saturday, Feb. 6: Camano Ridge Forest Preserve
Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center, 141 East Camano Drive (Blue building next to Tennis Courts) for the 3.3 miles walk. There will be a brief stop at the Kristoferson Beaver Marsh on the way back to the cars. The first 1/2 mile of trail has a 200’ gain. Trails on top are level with short up and downs and include a forested loop and a wetland trail.
Saturday, Mar. 5: Cama to CISP:
Meet at 9:50 at Ivy Road and Dry Lake road junction. You can access Dry Lake Road from Elger Bay Road or Monticello Road. Walk from the Cama trailhead to the South beach of Camano Island State Park enjoying the downhill and level terrain with great views. Shuttle cars will be available to return drivers to the trailhead. If you wish you can walk back. The walk is 3.3 miles one way.
Saturday, Apr. 2: Four Springs Lake Preserve
Meet at 9:50 in the parking area of Four Springs, Proceed from East or West Camano Roads on Camano Hill Road and turn north on Lewis Lane which is located just west of the Camano Ridge Road. See this beautiful preserve with a walk on the perimeter trail including the wetland trail. The perimeter trail includes two 50’ fairly steep hills with benches at the top. The distance of the walk is approximately 2 miles. A tour of the day-rental Four Springs House, Meadow room and Barn is available.
Saturday, May 7: Iverson Spit Preserve, Kristoferson Creek Habitat, English Boom Historical Park
Participants should arrive at Iverson Spit Preserve at 9:50 a.m. Iverson Spit is accessed from East Camano Drive via Russell Road east to Sunrise Road then south to Iverson Beach Road. Follow Iverson Beach Road east down to the beach area and drive north to the end. After a short level 1 mile walk with views of Port Susan Bay, a beaver activity area, and the “Hobbit Trail” drivers will leave there and caravan to Kristoferson Creek Habitat for a short visit. The caravan directions to the next stop at English Boom Historical Park will be handed out at Iverson Spit. The walk at English Boom Historical Park is about 1 mile in length on a marsh trail along Skagit Bay. Baker view, interpretive boards and a boardwalk are some of the special features of this historical park. Interpretive boards and a boardwalk are some of the special features of this historical park.
Saturday, Nov. 5: Camano Island State Park
Saturday, Dec. 3: Elger Bay Preserve
Looking for info on the free programs usually held the third Wednesday of the month at the Camano Multi-purpose Center? The latest info is always available at our sister website, http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/
Check the calendar or the announcement section.
The FOCIP volunteers who currently maintain the kiosks and brochure boxes at our Camano Island parks are no longer able to do so. Please consider adopting a kiosk or brochure box. Email email@example.com if you are interested.
May 2015 Update: The form for adopting a brochure box or kiosk has been incorporated into our Adopt-a-Park form at http://www.friendsofcamanoislandparks.org/get-involved/adopt-a-park
Our current volunteer performs the following tasks:
List of FOCIP Kiosks at State and County Parks
Camano Island State Park –
Elger Bay Preserve 1 main kiosk one sided has brochure box. Near beaver viewing bench I kiosk to clean sometimes.
Four Springs Lake Preserve has 1 main kiosk with brochure box, 1 kiosk at trail head with brochure box. 1 kiosk down on Holton Trail needs cleaning and change once in a while. Tentative
Iverson Spit has I main kiosk front and back with brochure box. Has 2 ground standing kiosks to clean on boardwalk.
English Boom has 1 kiosk and one side for seasonal changes and has brochure boxes.
Camano Community Center has a brochure box at the trail on right when you come into the center.
Terry’s Corner has a brochure box at the flower garden. Shared with BWH.
There are three work parties scheduled for February:
Our work parties are usually held the first three Tuesdays of the month. We meet at the Camano Island State Park Ranger Station at 9:30 am, rain or shine. Don't forget your volunteer parking pass or your Discover Pass. Work party volunteers are asked to check their email at 8:00 am when there is wind or snow (rain does not count!) to see if there is a cancellation.
We are always looking for help from volunteers at the Four Springs or Camano Center gardens - just a couple of hours on some Tuesdays for mostly weeding and planting. FOCIP provides the tools. If you would send us your email, we'll send out times and dates to those specific volunteers. You can also check the calendar at http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/
Rain or shine, so wear the right gear! Join us at the work parties and find a task that fits!
Without a town on the island and a small
county office frequently closed, Camano Islanders have learned how to
get things done — they just do it their way. Before 1994, with just a
state park and a handful of boat launches and picnic spots, getting to
the beach or the forest was tough. Too many no trespassing signs warned
people to stay away. Opportunities changed when community members found
ways to protect natural areas with forests and shorelines. Volunteer
efforts supported by nonprofit organizations made the island a welcoming
spot for residents, visitors, and wildlife. These natural places that
citizens preserved each has its story. Explore Camano Island — the
natural land and water, its history, and the people wishing to live in
harmony with nature.
Written by FOCIP member Val Schroeder
Available at Friends of Camano Island Parks events for $20 as a Fundraiser, including BWH programs (3rd Wednesday, 7 PM, Camano Multipurpose Center (Blue Building), 141 East Camano Drive, Camano Island. See http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/ for more info).
Also available at Snow Goose Bookstore, local book stores, and from the author. More info at https://www.historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/Exploring-Camano-Island/9781626193642
Preview the book at https://www.historypress.net/preview.php?q=9781626193642
[September 8, 2014] Read the review by author Mary Trimble at http://www.marytrimblebooks.com/book-review-exploring-camano-island-a-history-guide/
A letter from our president of the last 20 years, as printed in our April 2014 Newsletter
After very thoughtful consideration, I have decided to resign from my President-Co Chair position and try to balance my life with more travel; more participation in the recreational activities I so love; and focus on taking care of my house needs. This does not mean I am stopping my participation in FOCIP, it just means that instead of continuing with all the responsibilities the position has entailed, I will now limit my involvement to volunteering when I am available, and participating on the board in a Past President, advisory role. I have so appreciated all the board members along the way, with their dedication and commitment to the mission of FOCIP. I am most appreciative of the volunteerism and funding support that all of you who are active, occasionally involved, or support members, have so generously given toward our mission projects. It is because of your belief in what this group has been doing, we have been able to sponsor new parks, to provide educational materials and programs and to carry out stewardship activities: creating new trails and added amenities; and keeping parks and trails maintained and user friendly for our visitors and community, FOCIP has been and will continue to be successful. Be sure to check out page 2 for election information, and page 3 for upcoming activities and please renew your membership and know added donations are always welcome and much appreciated! See the inclosed renewal insert. Thank you all for the wonderful support you have given me and the other board members over these 20+ years!!!!
A Discover Pass is not required at Washington State Parks on the following dates in 2015:
See http://discoverpass.wa.gov/ for more info.
These are the National Park Service free days for 2015:
See http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm for more info.
FOCIP sponsors the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project.
See http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/ or the calendar on our home page for info on Camano Wildlife Habitat Project work parties, the Garden Tour, and the free public programs held the third Wednesday of the month at the Camano Multipurpose Center ("The Blue Building").
Consider having your next event at one of the parks on Camano Island.
(Note: A one-day or annual Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks.)