A beach on Camano Island in Camano Island State Park
Camano Island (Washington)
|Area||39.77 sq mi (103.0 km2)|
|Length||15.6 mi (25.1 km)|
|Width||0.75–6.6 mi (1.21–10.62 km)|
|Population||13358 (as of 2000)|
|Density||335.9 /sq mi (129.69 /km2)|
Camano Island // is a large island in the Possession Sound portion of Puget Sound, located in Island County, Washington, between Whidbey Island and the mainland. The body of water separating Whidbey Island and Camano Island is called Saratoga Passage. Camano Island is separated from mainland Snohomish County by Davis Slough near the city of Stanwood. The island is reached via State Route 532 over the Camano Gateway Bridge in the northeast of the island.
There were 13,358 residents on the island as of the 2000 census, but the population peaks at 17,000 during the summer months with retired "snowbirds." The island has a total land area of 102.99 km² (39.77 sq mi), though it was larger before the Great Slide of 1825.
Camano Island is named for the Spanish explorer Jacinto Caamaño. Charles Wilkes, during the Wilkes Expedition of 1838–1842, named it MacDonough Island in honor of Thomas MacDonough for his victory of the Battle of Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. Following this theme, Wilkes named the body of water between Camano and Whidbey Island after MacDonough's flagship the Saratoga. When Henry Kellett reorganized the official British Admiralty charts in 1847, he removed Wilkes' name MacDonough and bestowed the name Camano, which the Spanish had originally given to Admiralty Inlet in 1790. Wilkes' name Saratoga Passage was retained.
- The Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival (Feb) 
- The Camano Island Mother's Day Art Studio Tour (May) 
- The Spring Art Show (June) 
- Art by the Bay, The Stanwood–Camano Festival of Art and Music (July) 
- The Stanwood Camano Community Fair (August) 
- The Harvest Jubilee (Sept) 
- The AAUW Art for Education Show (October)
- The Stanwood–Camano Chili & Chowder Cookoff (November) 
- Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3.
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