Getting to the Water’s Edge


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A field guide to shoreline access and facilities, parks, marine life, stewardship, and natural history of Island County, Washington.

A labor of love and dedication, the 2020 edition of Getting to the Water’s Edge on Whidbey and Camano Islands adds new beach sites, trails, essays, photos, and illustrations. Challenges to our Salish Sea are addressed. Fully updated and produced entirely by Sound Water Steward volunteers, the book was generously supported by community sponsors, friends, and members of SWS who paid for the printing costs.

See the list of local stores where you can get this wonderful book for a gift or for yourself.

The guide also covers:

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Accessibility of beaches and trails
  • Kayak and boat launches
  • Dog parks
  • Intertidal species identification guide
  • Stewardship best practices
  • Natural and human history, historic sites
  • Geology
  • Beach processes
  • Legal rights
  • Tables and maps