Whidbey Island’s largest city, Oak Harbor, hosts a 30-acre sprawling grassy park and beach that lie adjacent to the city’s original downtown commercial area. The park includes a marina, picnic areas, fishing dock, wading pools, barbecue area, showers, RV and tenting areas. The Cascadia Marine Trail campsite is well-landscaped.
Thank you Karen Borell for documenting the history of this site.
Location: On the Oak Harbor waterfront at the west end of the City Beach Park. West of the boat launch ramp.
Water: At the RV campground, 50 feet north of the campsite
Sanitation: Restrooms and showers in the City Beach Park
Fires: No open fires
Fees: $8.00 per group, not to exceed 8 people
Special Considerations: This is a great spot for re-supply, with stores a short walk away. Pay fee at the fee station across the parking lot.
Natural History: The Skwdab subgroup of the Skagit tribe lived in this area and named it Klatoletsche. In 1983, a burial mound of bone and clamshells was discovered in downtown Oak Harbor. These mounds lay within rock cairns suggesting the burial of a chief or other important person. Tidal erosion caused their exposure and some bones date back nearly 10,000 years.
Max People: 8
Max Nights: 1