Whidbey Island has miles of clean beaches that we islanders enjoy walking along and kayaking or surfing from. But many visitors and newcomers to the Island think there are only a few places that allow public beach access around Whidbey Island. Everyone knows you can get to the beach at Deception Pass and Cornet Bay, at Joseph Whidbey State Park, and at Double Bluff Beach. But most folks don’t know there are literally hundreds of public places to reach the waterfront around Whidbey Island!
One of the best resources available for finding where these public access points are located, is from a book titled Getting to the Water’s Edge, on Whidbey and Camano Island, produced by the Washington State University (WSU) Extension. Described as, “The definitive guide to Island County shoreline public access….”, the book is full of maps and pictures to help you find someplace to reach the shore, almost anywhere on Whidbey Island. The book can be found at any Whidbey Island bookstore, or can be purchased directly from the WSU extension.
Roy Jacobson with the South Whidbey Record has a great article this week about further efforts to reclaim and identify the public access points around Whidbey Island. The goal is to identify any additional public beach access points around Whidbey Island, and to properly mark those points so they can be found by beachgoers on land, and kayakers and boaters from the water so they can know where they can come ashore.
If you decide to head to the beach this weekend, enjoy our shorelines, but please be courteous to the neighboring homeowners and don’t trespass on privately owned lands, or fish or clam on privately owned lands or tidelands.