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About Whidbey

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Whidbey Island is the largest of nine island that make up Island County in Washington State. Whidbey Island forms the northern boundary line for Washington State and the Puget Sound.  Whidbey Island is home to nearly 60,000 residents and is located aproximately 30 miles north of Seattle.  The island is aproximately 40 miles long, making it the third largest island in the contiguous United States after Long Island, NY and Isle Royale, MT.

Whidbey Island is well known for its laid-back atmosphere and romantic getaway accomodations, and because it is considered in the "rain-shadow" of the Olympic Mountain range, the island receives half of the annual rainfall as Seattle, making it a very popular and attractive destination.

In Oak Harbor, on the north end of Whidbey Island, is a permanent United States Naval Air Station, Ault Field.  As a result, Oak Harbor is the largest and most populated of the towns on Whibey Island. 

On the south end of Whidbey Island, busy roads are replaced by winding country roads, expansive pasture and farm lands, numerous antique and craft shops, as well as gorgeous beaches and parks.  Residents and visitors alike move at a slower pace here, enjoying the sandy beaches and beautiful views, and find relaxation and contentment.

 

 

  1. Possession Point Park

Possession Point Park, located on the southeast corner of Whidbey Island, is an ideal fishing location.  Bait is held all year, which attracts salmon and vast numbers of Chinook, fall Coho, Humpies, and Chums.  The park also offers enjoyable scenic views.

 

  1. Dave Mackie Park

Dave Mackie Park, the island's best spot for Dungeness crabbing, has shallow waters, perfect for safe swimming.  The park includes a ball field, playground, picnic tables with grills, covered meeting area, and boat launch.

 

  1. Deer Lake

Deer Lake, Located on the south end of Whidbey Island near Clinton, offers fresh water recreation.  Enjoy swimming, boating, skiing, fishing and sunbathing-all the elements of water recreation are available.

 

  1. Useless Bay & Double Bluff Park

Useless Bay & Double Bluff Park are the island's best for majestic beach scenery.  Miles of broad, sandy beach, tidal pools, and unusual bluff erosion, demonstrate evidence of violent glacial action.  Useless Bay & Double Bluff Park are the island's best bet for glimpsing an elusive gray whale. 

 

  1. Lone Lake

Lone Lake's main attraction is the abundant quantity and quality of fish.  From rainbow and triploid trout to large mouth bass, any fisherman would enjoy and appreciate this location.

 

  1. Saratoga Woods

Saratoga Woods is the island's newest park.  Adjoined with the Metcalf Trust Lands and reserved DNR lands, the woods form an expansive trail system.  An exciting feature of Saratoga woods is the house-size, mammoth "glacial erratic" stone that sits along a side trail.  

 

  1. South Whidbey State Park

South Whidbey State Park, an impressive old-growth forest, attracts campers and hikers alike.  An extensive hiking trail gives hikers an educational and enjoyable forest experience.  The high bluff trail travels through the old-growth forest to a secluded sandy beach.  The park also offers campsites, picnic areas, and barbecue pits.

 

  1. Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens

Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, "a peaceful woodland garden," extends 53 acres and covers miles of trails.  These gardens produce year-round color and serenity for nature and garden lovers. 

 

  1. Hancock Nature Preserve

Hancock Nature Preserve, once a World War II bombing practice site, is now a saltwater estuary.  With protected birds and animal species, the reserve is the foreground for stunning sunsets behind the Olympic Mountains.

 

  1. Greenbank Farm

Greenbank Farm, located at the mile-wide "waistline" of Whidbey, captures 360� vistas of the peaks of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier to the east and of the Olympic Mountain Range to the west. Greenbank is the home to historic Coupe's Greenbank Store and the Greenbank Loganberry Farm.

 

  1. Ft. Casey State Park

Ft. Casey State Park, originally designed to prevent a naval invasion during WWII, now welcomes visitors to its battlements and Admiralty Head Lighthouse.  Unforgettable vistas of water and mountains can be seen from the park.  Adjacent to the state park are the Crockett Lake and Keystone Spit, both of which abound with birds and marine life.

 

  1. Ebey's Landing Natural Historic Preserve

Ebey's Landing Natural Historic Preserve has the most popular uphill walk in the area.  Climb up the bluff and view forests, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Vancouver Island. There's even a possibility of spotting a submarine, frigate, or a magnificent cruise ship. 

 

  1. Kettle's Trail

Kettle's Trail, Island County's newest trail, connects Coupeville and Ft. Ebey State Park.  The trail features unusual Ice Age geologic formations known as "kettles," and is wonderful for biking, horseback riding, or a scenic walk. 

 

  1. Perego's Lake

Perego's Lagoon is said to be one of the favorite hikes on the island.  The 3.5-mile loop provides sweeping vistas of the Olympic Peninsula, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Mount Rainier (on a clear day).

 

  1. Penn Cove

Penn Cove is most notably known for its world-renowned oysters and mussels.  The cove offers ideal sailboat and kayak conditions.  Sea stars can be seen during low tide, below the wharf.

 

  1. Grasser's Lagoon

Grasser's Lagoon, northwest of Penn Cove, features extensive tidelands with great clamming and world-famous Penn Cove mussels. View great blue herons and the results of heavy tidal action. 

 

  1. Ft. Ebey State Park

Ft. Ebey State Park, part of the WWII "triangle of death," now offers miles of hiking trails and stunning high-bluff vistas of Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula.  Another allure of the park is hiking or biking the Kettles Trail into the town of Coupeville.

 

  1. Crescent Harbor

Crescent Harbor, stretching over 3.5 miles, has a sandy beach from end to end in a smooth curve.  The southern exposure and storms coming up from the Saratoga Passage stack timber and driftwood above the light coffee-colored strip of sandy beach.

 

  1. Joseph Whidbey State Park

Joseph Whidbey State Park offers stunning vistas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, and Vancouver Island.  It is an ideal place to stroll the beach and enjoy the scenery.

 

  1. Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park is Washington's favorite state park. Visitors flock to see the spectacular bridge and Pass.  Because of the island's climate, many birds and waterfowl winter here, including bald eagles. Fishing is popular in Cranberry Lake and surrounding waters.  Charters are available at Cornet Bay's marina.  Sightseeing, dinner, and whale-watching cruises are available, as well as year-round tent and RV camping.

 

  1. Ala Spit

Island County's newest recreation area, is a special favorite of bird watchers.  A broad, open area with splendid water and mountain vistas provides unique views of the Skagit River mud flats, and birds.

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