Getting to the Water’s Edge

Available at local stores! Scroll down for store list, or order the book from SWS to be sent to you via US mail.

Getting to the Water’s Edge on Whidbey and Camano Islands, the premier field guide book to beaches in Island County was released as a Third Edition in July 2020. Now is the perfect time to get this book, since the coronavirus means we are all looking for outdoor places close to home.

Getting to the Water's Edge bookGTWE, as we affectionately call this spiral-bound field guide, describes 69 public beaches including amenities such as boat and kayak launches, trails, fishing, clamming, bird-watching, picnic tables/shelters, restrooms, overnight accommodations, accessibility for people with mobility challenges and much more. Yellow box essays cover human and natural history such as place names, stewardship, animals, plants, geology, streams and estuaries.

Getting to the Water’s Edge retails for $20. See a list of stores below. Or buy online directly from Sound Water Stewards

The 2020 edition was two years in the making by 67 Sound Water Stewards and community resource people who gave more than 1,500 hours to bring it forth with meticulous fact-checking, writing, designing and editing. The printing costs were paid entirely by sponsoring businesses, non-profits and SWS members. Proceeds from book sales support Sound Water Stewards programs. 

This book is available now for $20 by mail-order directly from SWS or at book stores, gift shops and hardware stores on Whidbey and Camano as well as in Stanwood, Everett, LaConner and Bellingham. ISBN 978-1-7343529-0-0.

Find Getting to the Water’s Edge at these locations:

Camano Island

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


  • Picnic Pantry
  • Studio 271


  • 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
  • Wind & Tide Bookshop – Oak Harbor
  • Wild Birds Unlimited – Freeland


  • Alley Cat Antiques
  • Marine Supply & Hardware

LaConner and Fir Island

  • SeaPort Books


  • J. Matheson Gifts, Kitchen and Gourmet


  • Hilton & Co. Gift Shop


  • Village Books & Paper Dreams


  • Edmonds BookShop

Lynnwood – Bellevue – Seattle

  • Made in WA Stores

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“This book…captures the beauty of these truly stunning places while offering detailed descriptions of habitats and wildlife you are likely to encounter. The book lays out the floor plan to these sites so you will find your way and experience island magic. A ‘must read’ for anyone determined to experience the beauty of the region.” 
–Florian Graner, Ph.D. Marine Biology specializing in Marine Mammals, certified research diver, internationally-known cinematographer of sea life and owner of the family-operated Sealife Productions which has done work for BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Netflix, Monterrey Aquarium and more.
“This user-friendly handbook is brimming with information and beautiful photos… feels akin to having a local friend by your side to share their favorite spots, tips and fun facts… sure to become a well-loved staple…”
–Anna Toledo, Island County Marine Resources Committee