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Getting to the Water’s Edge

69 Beaches, 2 Islands, One Book

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7,500+ Copies sold since 2020 Check out the book here!
Water's Edge Book
This book is available for purchase.

This is the premier guide to Island County beach access and stewardship, Getting to the Water’s Edge on Whidbey and Camano Islands published in 2020.

The book’s 2006 second edition was celebrated as the only book of its kind in the entire Puget Sound. “It still is,” said Linda Ade Ridder, who shaped this project for publisher, Sound Water Stewards.

“Other counties have inquired about doing something like Water’s Edge, but no one has been able to duplicate it! If you own no other guide to Island County beaches, this is the one you must carry in your glove box.”

Linda Ade Ridder

The third edition is 32 pages longer and describes 69 beaches on Camano and Whidbey Islands, including directions to them, and both the facilities and amenities of each beach, including restrooms, picnic facilities, boat and kayak launches, trails, and more.

Produced entirely by Sound Water Stewards, the book was generously supported by community sponsors, non-profits, friends, and SWS members who paid for the printing costs. Proceeds from sales support SWS ongoing programs and activities. Mail-order here online or find your copy at a local book store, hardware store, gift shop or marine supplies store (list below).

Libbey Beach shoreline
Libbey Beach Park

Purchase GTWE for $20 at local stores on Whidbey

  • 3 Sisters Market – Coupeville
  • Ace Hardware – Freeland & Oak Harbor
  • Bayview Farm & Garden – Langley
  • Coupeville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center
  • Greenbank Farm Wine Shop – Greenbank
  • Kingfisher Books – Coupeville
  • Langley Whale Center – Langley
  • Linds on Whidbey – Freeland
  • Madrona Supply Co – Clinton
  • Moonraker Books – Langley
  • Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Exchange – Oak Harbor NAS
  • Sea Glass Cove – Langley
  • Wind & Tide Bookshop – Oak Harbor
  • Wild Birds Unlimited – Freeland

Purchase GTWE for $20 at local stores on Camano-Stanwood

Camano Island

  • Ace Hardware
  • Cama Beach State Park Welcome Center
  • Camano Commons Marketplace
  • Kristoferson Farm Stand & Gift Shop


  • Picnic Pantry
  • Studio 271

Purchase at stores outside Island County


  • Alley Cat Antiques
  • Marine Supply & Hardware


  • Padilla Bay Research Reserve Giftshop


  • SeaPort Books


  • Burkett’s Home and Gifts


  • Hilton & Co Gift Shop

Bellingham / Fairhaven

  • Village Books & Paper Dreams


  • Edmonds BookShop

Lynnwood – Bellevue – Seattle

  • Made in WA Stores

The book’s chapters address safety, property rights, stewardship best practices, accessibility for those with mobility challenges, and the effects of rising temperatures on the Salish Sea.  Box essays provide information on human history, stewardship, and natural history including animals, plants, geology, and streams and estuaries. 

Upland trails and trail systems are also identified—53 of them—including 15 ranked as accessible.  Information about children and dogs are included in the new sections on children’s beach activities and dog parks.

Driftwood along Ala Spit Beach
Ala Spit Beach
Shoreline of West Beach Vista
West Beach Vista

This edition was two years in the making by some 67 Sound Water Steward volunteers and community resource personnel on the two islands. They gave more than 1,500 hours of their time to bring it to fruition, including meticulous fact-checking, writing, and editing. The printing costs were paid entirely by sponsors in the community including businesses, non-profits, and Sound Waters Stewards members who stepped forward to raise enough funds to print the first 6,000 books and a subsequent 6,000 more.

Community Sponsors

  • Boatyard Inn
  • Cairn Financial
  • Donna King, Cama Beach Cafe’ & Catering
  • Camano Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Friends of Camano Island Parks
  • Dan Gulden, Broker
  • Island Beach Access
  • Orca Network’s Langley Whale Center
  • Orca Network
  • Camano Center’s 2nd Chance Thrift Shop
  • The Rotary Club of Stanwood/ Camano Island
  • Whidbey Camano Land Trust
  • Whidbey Watershed Stewards

Partner Sponsors

  • A.S.E.&T. Landsurveying
  • Camano Beach Foundation
  • Inn at Langley, Matt Costello
  • Candace Jordan, Realtor
  • Dana MacInnis, Realtor
  • Lisa Rogers, Broker
  • Karen White, Realtor