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.
While this site isn’t a beautiful destination such as Anderson Island or one of the sites in the San Juan Islands, it does serve as a stopping place to resupply and/or have dinner at a local restaurant. It satisfies the goal of having a site every three hours in case one needs to take a break.
They have kindly asked us to use a reservation system for Oak Harbor as we do at Anderson and Vashon Islands.
This will help them delineate our members from others who may want to walk-in and camp. Our campsites are only available to those who approach by water in human powered craft.
Please use the following system. If you are on-site there is a QR Code on the kiosk.
Thank you Karen Borell for documenting the history of this site. We appreciate the work you have put-in on various sites.
Location: On the Oak Harbor waterfront at the west end of the City Beach Park. West of the boat launch ramp.
Water: Bring your own water.
Sanitation: Restrooms open during hours of operation.
Fires: No open fires
Fees: None at this time.
Special Considerations: This is a great spot for re-supply, with stores a short walk away. Small site.
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: 4
Max Nights: 1