Best Parks on Whidbey Island for Picnicking and Camping

Updated on May 2, 2017
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Mt. Baker in background and sailboats during Whidbey Island Race Week 2008
Mt. Baker in background and sailboats during Whidbey Island Race Week 2008

Welcome to Whidbey Island

Hello and welcome - I would like to introduce to you some of the awesome parks that we have enjoyed during the years we have lived on beautiful Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island has campgrounds for every interest and includes dry camping, partial hookups, and full hookups. Some with a water view and some in woodsy areas: you get to pick. I've included some other fun events and activities in surrounding areas you may want to partake in. Whidbey Island has some of the best fishing found anywhere in the Pacific Northwest: dungeness crab, all types of clams, mussels, and especially salmon. The best crabbing is right in front of our home, that is just an added blessing.

If you ever decide to take a trip to Washington State, Whidbey Island should be on your list of places to visit. If you are going to come experience Whidbey be sure to do it during June through September, for the best weather. Fortunately we do not have as much rain as Seattle does because we are in a rain shadow, but we do have a few gray days. The temperature during those months is very mild and ranges from 60 to 80 degrees in the warmer months of July and August. Whidbey Island is approximately 2-1/2 hours drive north of Seattle. When driving from Seattle you would take I-5 north towards Canada and take the highway 20 exit which will take you to Oak Harbor.

It's a pretty drive that will bring you to Deception Pass Bridge, where your eyes will not be able to fully take in the spectacular views from the top of this bridge. Whidbey Island is approximately 50 miles in length and has many quaint small towns. The summers on Whidbey Island are so pleasurable and pleasant - as you will find out for yourself.

When you complete the drive all along Whidbey Island, you will reach the town of Clinton which is the southernmost town. This is where you can take the Mukilteo ferry which will take you to Mukilteo on the mainland, and then onto I-5 towards Seattle. Those are the only two ways to drive onto Whidbey Island, unless you have your own boat or fly in on a small plane. There is a small air strip, Harbor Airlines, which allows small planes to come and go to Whidbey. We figure that this is the reason why the crime rate on Whidbey Island is so low, hardly any at all. It's because criminals would have a heck of a time getting away really quick.

My goal in this article is to bring you as much information about our beautiful parks, areas of interest, events and other places to stay. Each module features the different park with a link to more information online for reservations and pricing. I do hope you find it helpful, happy camping to you all!

1. Deception Pass State Park

Entrance to Deception Pass State Park
Entrance to Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park has to be the most popular state park in the state of Washington. It features a very large camping area for RV's and for tents, some with dry camping and full hook ups. There are 167 tent sites, 143 utility spaces. five hiker/biker sites, two dump stations, seven restrooms and six showers. These sites are spread out in three different locations in the park. The maximum campsite length is 60 feet.

In the park you can walk to Cranberry Lake, go for a swim (in the warmer summer months), or fish right off the edge of the lake. There is also a walking beach area where your view of the bridge is amazing. Take a picnic lunch and sit on the picnic tables and just have a fun day where the kids can play along the shoreline. You can also fish for salmon right off the shore under the bridge. This is an area where salmon are in abundance when the salmon are running.

At Deception Pass State Park you are close to Fidalgo Island which is just north of the bridge, yet just a few minutes drive to Oak Harbor. Whatever it is you decide to do at this park for relaxation and pleasure: it has it all.

Deception Pass Bridge as seen from the state park beach area below. Great place to picnic and beach comb.
Deception Pass Bridge as seen from the state park beach area below. Great place to picnic and beach comb.

Take a Boat Tour Under Deception Pass Bridge

Jet boat that will take you on a grand tour of the straits of Juan De Fuca.
Jet boat that will take you on a grand tour of the straits of Juan De Fuca.

Each year about a million people come across this iconic bridge called Deception Pass. It separates Fidalgo Island from Whidbey Island. At the top of the bridge you are treated to some very spectacular and breathtaking views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, and the Olympic Mountains. The swift-moving water below churns itself into a frothy mosaic of upwellings, tide-rips, and whirlpools. This turbulence is caused by huge volumes of water passing through the narrow constriction between the islands. At peak current flows the velocity of the water can exceed 8 knots. Deception Pass Bridge celebrated its 75th birthday on July 31st and was built in 1935 by a Seattle construction company. This is an attraction in itself but the state park is located just a few miles down where all the fun begins.

Deception Pass Boat Tours just began its services a few years ago. This jet boat will take you under Deception Pass Bridge, which will give you a whole different perspective of the awesome size of this two-span bridge. You may also get to view orcas and bald eagles, and now they have added a trip to view harbor porpoises. A pod of these harbor porpoises was spotted in April of this year; the owner of Deception Pass Tours was greeted by groups of five to ten just off Deception Island during his daily tour.

They are referred as little "puffing pigs" by the crew because of the sneezing sounds they make when they surface for air.

Enjoy the day boating if you do not own a boat, it's very affordable at $21 a person, it's well worth the money.

Majestic Mount Baker
Majestic Mount Baker

2. North Whidbey RV State Park

North Whidbey RV Park - close to the bridge, Deception St Park, beaches and lake
North Whidbey RV Park - close to the bridge, Deception St Park, beaches and lake

You will enjoy clean and spacious North Whidbey RV park. It features pullthroughs and level and paved sites. There are BBQ pits and a playground and it is very close to Deception Pass Bridge and Deception State Park. This park is still only a few minutes from downtown Oak Harbor for major shopping or restaurants. You can enjoy amazing fishing in the freshwater lake, or walk the beautiful picturesque beaches: your call.

3. Stay Sail RV Park, Oak Harbor WA

Stay Sail RV Park near Windjammer park, has a walking beach and play area for kids
Stay Sail RV Park near Windjammer park, has a walking beach and play area for kids

Stay Sail RV Park at City Beach Park, close to downtown Oak Harbor, features 56 full hook-up sites. This park is also next to Windjammer Park which is a recreational area with swings and fun activities for the kids. This park is a large stretch of waterfront featuring picnic tables all along the beach area where you can enjoy a picnic. Or if the weather is a bit on the cool and wet side, there are covered areas and a gazebo where you can take cover. Windjammer park has a wading pool for younger children, fully fenced, and a lagoon for the older children. Summer time is a fun and enjoyable time here at Windjammer Park. There is also a nature walking trail that runs all around this beautiful park and areas for wildlife viewing. They have upgraded this park with new gravel and wider spaces. Now you can even reserve spots, which you were unable to do before, and they now have WiFi!

The Oak Harbor Marina, within a few blocks from the park and features both covered and uncovered morage. This is where the sailboats launch from during Whidbey Island Race Week in mid-July. During Whidbey Island Race week, hundreds of sailboats meet to compete in this sailing regatta which begins at the marina, and sail over to the Coupeville area. As you drive down the Island the race is visible almost from every area along Oak Harbor and Coupeville, with beautiful colorful spinnakers and sails.

This is Island living at its best.

City Beach area next to Stay Sail RV Park and Windjammer Park
City Beach area next to Stay Sail RV Park and Windjammer Park

4. Ft. Ebey State Park, Coupeville WA

Cliffs at Ft. Ebey's Landing awesome walking beaches great park!
Cliffs at Ft. Ebey's Landing awesome walking beaches great park!

Just a few minutes south of Oak Harbor, off Highway 20 you turn off on Ebey Road and drive to Fort Ebey State Park. Very easy to get to and well worth the drive. This 645 acre camping park on Whidbey Island was originally a coastal defense fort during WWII. There are three miles of shoreline on the Strait of Juan De Fuca. There is also a lake, Lake Pondilla, where you can freshwater fish and miles of hiking and biking trails. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains as well as awesome sunsets.

This park has about 40 standard campsites, 10 utility campsites with full hook-ups, and one water trail campsite which is available to those who arrive in watercraft. There is one restroom and two showers, and 100 feet is the maximum site length. There is no dump station at this park. There are also 25 uncovered picnic tables, so reservations are recommended for camping and large group events. Have fun!

Yes, that's me....we're having fun now!
Yes, that's me....we're having fun now!

5. Fort Casey State Park, Coupeville

Historial Admiralty Head Lighthouse is within walking distance from Ft. Casey State Park
Historial Admiralty Head Lighthouse is within walking distance from Ft. Casey State Park

Even further south on highway 20, about 10 minutes from Oak Harbor, is the quaint historical town of Coupeville where you will find Fort Casey State Park. With a historical waterfront, a wharf, and great restaurants this is a town you will not want to miss. There are also a lot of Victorian homes here and B&B's.

Fort Casey State Park features RV campsites right next to the Keystone ferry, which will take you to the Olympic Peninsula and Port Townsend. These campsites are ideally located, because no matter where you set up camp you have a great view of the water: sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Straits of Juan De Fuca. The only utility here is water, unfortunately, but if you have a generator or want to rough it, his is the place. You have a beach you can walk on, and there is also a restaurant within walking distance of the campground. The 467-acre park is first come first served; no reservations can be made ahead of time.

Also within a nice hike is the old military fort, Fort Casey, a lot of military history here. Fort Casey was constructed in 1890 and was the last of its kind. It was a part of the US Army's three-fort defense system protecting the entrance to Puget Sound. This coast artillery post features two historic guns and 10,810 feet of shoreline on Puget Sound.

The other must-visit historical marker within a few minutes walk is the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built in 1861 and rebuilt in 1903. This lighthouse guides tall ships toward the Whidbey Island shore. Admiralty Head was the last brick lighthouse designed by German architect Carl Leick: its walls were built 18 inches thick which could withstand the earthquakes that shake western Washington. But don't worry, the last earthquake we had was really mild and that was years ago.

There are really nice views from every direction at the Fort Casey park. Kite flying is a sport that is very often seen out in the fields next to the forts. Great picnic areas with tables, a relaxing place to spend the day while camping at Fort Casey. I know you will really love spending time here.

The other point of interest near the campsite is the Casey Conference Center, which hosts numerous large groups for meetings and educational classes. This park is a favorite of fishermen because you can launch your boat next to the ferry terminal and catch some of the best salmon around. Or if scuba diving is your thing, this is the place to do it also. Lots to do here at this park that is for sure. Enjoy!

Fort Casey features 2 large guns used in fighting off intruders onto Whidbey Island
Fort Casey features 2 large guns used in fighting off intruders onto Whidbey Island

6. South Whidbey State Park, Freeland

Entrance to South Whidbey State Park lots of fun to be had here!
Entrance to South Whidbey State Park lots of fun to be had here!

If you are looking to get closer to nature and want to stay near the water this is the place. South Whidbey State Park features has nice campsites with picnic areas and barbeque pits. South Whidbey's best attribute is its forest, over 250 years old, featuring huge cedars and Douglas-firs. This has to be one of the finest tracts of old growth still remaining on the Puget Sound shoreline, and was very close to being logged in the 1970s. Today a trail weaves through the park, named after the couple responsible for stirring up support to protect the forest.

You are bound to find things to do while relaxing and taking in nature and the ocean scenes. Like taking a hike on an extensive trail through forest areas, or take the high bluff trail down to a secluded and sandy beach. Whatever your interests you will love South Whidbey.

This park is near the Clinton Ferry terminal which will take you across to Mukilteo, then on to Everett and I-5. This would be the other way to get onto Whidbey Island coming from the south end of the Island.

Orca breaching - an awesome sight!
Orca breaching - an awesome sight!

7. Island County Fairgrounds, Langley

Island County Fairgrounds - Langley WA
Island County Fairgrounds - Langley WA

There are RV hook-ups, tent camping, and showers at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. It is within walking distance of the quaint and peaceful town of Langley. The annual Island County Fair runs from August 15 - 18th. We've never stayed at this RV park, before so I cannot really comment, but if you want to visit Langley or the Island County Fairgrounds and not stay in a B&B or hotel this is an ideal location.

Jet skiing is a very popular sport around these waters!
Jet skiing is a very popular sport around these waters!

Parks and Other Services—Whidbey Island

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A markerDeception Pass Boat Tours -
Deception Pass Bridge, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA
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Take a jet boat out into the inlet and get some great views of Deception Pass Bridge and wildlife around the Puget Sound.

B marker1st Park - Deception Pass State Park -
41229 State Highway 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA
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Picnic, camp, RV camp, beach area and Cranberry lake nearby.

C marker3rd Park - Stay Sail RV Park Oak Harbor Wa -
Oak Harbor, WA, USA
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Great place to stay when in Oak Harbor, near park and beach and within walking distance to shopping, theatre and restaurants.

D marker4th Park - Fort Ebey State Park -
400 Hill Valley Dr, Coupeville, WA 98239, USA
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More forts and picnic areas along the shoreline of Whidbey Island awesome views and great place to stop and have lunch and a nice hike around the lake

E markerKeystone Ferry Terminal - Coupeville -
1400 Rte 20, Coupeville, WA 98239, USA
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This ferry terminal is located next to Ft. Casey St. Park and will take you across to Port Townsend in the Olympic Peninsula.

F marker6th Park - South Whidbey State Park -
South Whidbey State Park, Freeland, WA 98249, USA
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Enjoy nature and walking trails and the ocean at this nice camp and picnic park.

G marker7th Park - Island Co. Fairgrounds Langley -
Camano Ave & Dalton Ln, Langley, WA 98260, USA
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If you need a place within walking distance of Langley this is it.

H markerFerry Dock Road Clinton Wa -
Ferry Dock Rd, Clinton, WA 98236, USA
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I marker5th Park - Fort Casey State Park Coupeville Wa -
Fort Casey State Park, Coupeville, WA 98239, USA
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Great camping, next to the ferry terminal that takes you to the Olympic Peninsula. Also next to the fort and Admiralty Head Lighthouse

J marker2nd Park - North Whidbey RV Park - Oak Harbor Wa -
565 W Cornet Bay Road, Oak Harbor, Wa
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Close to fishing, beaches, Deception State Park

More Beautiful Scenery on Whidbey Island

Tulip Festival

When traveling to Whidbey Island in the springtime, be sure to stop in at LaConner near Mt. Vernon off of Highway 20, only about 45 minutes drive from Whidbey Island. I suggest stopping in at the Skagit Valley Fairgrounds and tour the beautiful fields of tulips, in every color and style. This is an annual event you will not want to miss. The festival lasts the whole month of April so be sure to check the website for more information, and don't forget to bring the camera; I guarantee you will get to take some awesome photos of colorful tulips.

More Photos of the Whidbey Island Area

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Washington State FerryCanadian geese at Greenbank FarmsDutch boy statue at City Beach Oak HarborEagle at a tree in our backyardSunrise at Keystone Ferry CoupevilleHolland Gardens Oak HarborCoupeville Warf in summer timeDeception Pass from underneath bridgeEagle with Cascade mtns in backgroundDeerTwo eagles chasing eachotherOlympic Mountain RangeMussel farm in CoupevilleMukilteo LighthouseOak Harbor with Mt.Baker in backgroundFly fisherman at Pass LakePeaceful sunrise at Oak HarborWhidbey Island Race week 2008Red tulips at park Oak HarborBeautiful rhodiesSunset in Oak HarborCliffs at West Beach Oak HarborDock at Flinestone parkLooking down Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor early morningLooking at Marina from College Parking lot Play area at Windjammer ParkWindmill at Windjammer Park with reflection on the swimming lagoon
Washington State Ferry
Washington State Ferry
Canadian geese at Greenbank Farms
Canadian geese at Greenbank Farms
Dutch boy statue at City Beach Oak Harbor
Dutch boy statue at City Beach Oak Harbor
Eagle at a tree in our backyard
Eagle at a tree in our backyard
Sunrise at Keystone Ferry Coupeville
Sunrise at Keystone Ferry Coupeville
Holland Gardens Oak Harbor
Holland Gardens Oak Harbor
Coupeville Warf in summer time
Coupeville Warf in summer time
Deception Pass from underneath bridge
Deception Pass from underneath bridge
Eagle with Cascade mtns in background
Eagle with Cascade mtns in background
Deer
Deer
Two eagles chasing eachother
Two eagles chasing eachother
Olympic Mountain Range
Olympic Mountain Range
Mussel farm in Coupeville
Mussel farm in Coupeville
Mukilteo Lighthouse
Mukilteo Lighthouse
Oak Harbor with Mt.Baker in background
Oak Harbor with Mt.Baker in background
Fly fisherman at Pass Lake
Fly fisherman at Pass Lake
Peaceful sunrise at Oak Harbor
Peaceful sunrise at Oak Harbor
Whidbey Island Race week 2008
Whidbey Island Race week 2008
Red tulips at park Oak Harbor
Red tulips at park Oak Harbor
Beautiful rhodies
Beautiful rhodies
Sunset in Oak Harbor
Sunset in Oak Harbor
Cliffs at West Beach Oak Harbor
Cliffs at West Beach Oak Harbor
Dock at Flinestone park
Dock at Flinestone park
Looking down Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor early morning
Looking down Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor early morning
Looking at Marina from College Parking lot
Looking at Marina from College Parking lot
Play area at Windjammer Park
Play area at Windjammer Park
Windmill at Windjammer Park with reflection on the swimming lagoon
Windmill at Windjammer Park with reflection on the swimming lagoon

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      smidee 4 years ago

      Do you know anything about dog friendly areas on island?

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      Mary Gaines 4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Thank you mperrottet, hope you do get to come back to this amazing state. There are numerous awesome campgrounds especially deception pass park, you would love it there. Thank you again for voting it up....cheers & blessings to you.

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      Mary Gaines 4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi billybuc and yes we are neighbors, how about that! I love it when fellow Washingtonians come and read my hubs. Stop in and say hello sometime.....thanks for commenting!

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      Mary Gaines 4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hello Peggy W, thanks for stopping in and voting this hub up as well as sharing it with others, appreciate that. Yes Oak Harbor is a Dutch community with a "Holland Happening" festival every spring time when the tulips are in bloom. There is also a parade that comes through town with the dutch women and men wearing those wooden shoes...it's an awesome sight for sure. Hope you get to experience this beauty in the near future. Cheers and blessings!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I'm going to bookmark this hub for future reference in case I get back out to Washington. This looks like a great place to camp. Your hub is wonderful - so full of useful information and beautiful pictures - very well done! Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting, and I'll be sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I just noticed we were neighbors....well done hub! Tons of great pictures, and written by someone who knows what she is talking about. Loved this!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! What a beautiful place! I had never even heard of Whidbey Island but now have its location firmly planted in my mind. Your photos are so gorgeous and you did an excellent job with the video. Hope everyone that reads this takes the time to view the video! Imagine seeing whales breaching right from your backyard! You DO live in God's country! Did many Dutch people settle on the island originally? I am wondering because of all the windmills and that statue of a Dutch boy sweeping. All kinds of up votes and sharing with my followers.

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      Mary Gaines 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hello Nell Rose, thank you so much for visiting my Whidbey Island hub, yes we have such beauty surrounding us each and every day...blessings!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Absolutely beautiful! I would love to visit, and your photos are spectacular!

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      Mary Gaines 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Thank you so much molometer, I sure appreciate your comments and vote. Do visit Whidbey - you will never be the same. Cheers!

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow

      what a stunning place to live and you are right you do have so many beautiful things around you.

      I really liked the 2 eagles flying together.

      I'm coming to the states next year and may just get up that way after reading this very in depth hub on the area.

      Voted up useful interesting and beautiful.

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      Mary Gaines 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Thanks jhosler, for your comments and stopping by. I love living on Whidbey Island!!

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      jhosler 6 years ago

      Very cool and refreshing places.

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      Mary Gaines 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hello arizonasunshine, thanks for the nice comments, sure do hope you do get to visit our Island especially in summer - you will not be disappointed - blessings!

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      arizonasunshine 6 years ago from Alexandria, VA

      What a great hub! We visited Victoria a couple of years ago and didn't know what we were missing in Whidbey Island. Now we will have to go back!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @Rkating, thanks for the kind words, Whidbey is a great place to visit hope you can make it back real soon. Cheers.

      @LPStarr, you are welcome to come back often, there is a lot of info on here - good luck on the blog on RV parks. We read one on our Alaska RV trip and it was very helpful. These RVers were traveling ahead of us and were giving us all kinds of details on the conditions of the roads in Yukon and Alaska. Thanks for stopping in and your comments. Cheers!

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      LPStarr 7 years ago from near my computer :P

      GREAT photos! I write a blog on RV Parks, so I may come back to this Hub for research.

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      Rkating 7 years ago

      Nice hub and you look like someone I used to know.....Nice pictures I have been to Whidbey many times. RK

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hello rebekahELLE, thank you for your kind words. Hope you get to do that someday.....Cheers!

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      rebekahELLE 7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      a super hub! simply stunning photographs of such a lovely area. I would love to spend time at any of these gorgeous parks. congrats on a job well done! :]

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @Bayareagreatthing - you are so welcome, and thanks for commenting.

      Purple Perl - thank you so much we do live in a beautiful area just had to share some of it's beauty with you all. Cheers!

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      Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Breathtaking sights! Thanks for giving me a peek thru' the beautiful pics.Congrats too!Truly well deserved.

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      bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

      Spectacular photos! Thank you for a great tour!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi sweet Lisa, thanks for stopping by and the nice comments and blessing to you too!

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      Lisa Smith 7 years ago

      You are truly a great artist! The photos are exquisite! You are a very gifted person. We certainly do live in a beautiful area. Blessings to you my dear friend!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi Geegee77, you need to plan another trip and bring hubby with. We will leave the lights on for you!! Blessings to you:)

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      geegee77 7 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      I love visiting whidbey island If i could i would live there, maybe someday. But you did a great job with all the pictures and stuff great hub:)

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      Shane Belceto 7 years ago from WA USA

      My pleasure and thank YOU again too!

      ~Expect Miracles

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi Shane, thanks for stopping in and for your kind comments. Glad you will be adding those other parks on your next trip up here. Blessings!

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      Shane Belceto 7 years ago from WA USA

      The great pics truly add to this awesome HUB. I have enjoyed 2 of the 7 you shared so will have to add to them by visiting some of the others you shared my next time up that way. Thank YOU much!

      ~Expect Miracles

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @SteveMc - hello neighbor. Thanks for stopping in and yes you are correct about Captain Whidbey St. Park, we just haven't ventured out there or the Rhododendron Park, those are on our list of things to do in the near future. Cheers!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @MyMastiffPuppies - Thank you so much, I am happy that you enjoyed the photos I definitely have a lot of beauty to work with here on the Island. Cheers!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @akircher - thanks for stopping in and glad you enjoyed the hub. I am sure brought back membories of Whidbey. I do understand what you mean about getting busy....we need to take time to do some of these things and we are certainly surrounded by so much activity here. Cheers to you!

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      MyMastiffPuppies 7 years ago

      Beautiful job! Congratulations on a well deserved win! The pictures are incredible and the details seal the deal if I get the chance to make a trip to The Washington area!

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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      You missed two of my favorites: Captain Whidbey State Park with its great walking paths and beaches and Rhododendron Park.....I love the canopy feel of it. Ft. Ebbey State Park is also a favorite for surfers and Double Bluff beach is the best beach on the island. I have visited all the places you mentioned many times and I love them all. Thanks for all the neat photos and descriptions.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Awesome hub about an awesome place - congrats! My husband and I used to go to Whidbey every year for our anniversary when we lived in Puyallup and still love it - just wish it had not gotten so busy!! Congrats!!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi Stephhicks68, we love Seattle. It also features so many amazing things to do and see. Thanks for your comments, hopefully this hub brought back some good memories of Whidbey. Cheers!

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I grew up in Seattle and absolutely love visiting Whidbey Island! So much great information and love the photographs. Really super hub!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi SimoneSmith, thank you for your comments and enthusiasm. That was my goal to capture the beauty of Whidbey and share it. Cheers!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my goodness- so many beautiful parks, and gorgeous photos!! Fabulous hub.

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @ladyjane1 - thank you sis, for stopping in your comments mean so much to me, glad you liked it. Cheers!

      @Larry - thanks dear friend, glad you liked my hub and happy selling!

      @Ethel - Thank you Ethel, that was my goal to highlight the best spots to camp at on Whidbey. Have a great day!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Great hub. It will be a good point of reference for those planning a visit.

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      Larry Kiefer 7 years ago

      Great content! And the pictures! You hit the hi-lites of Whidbey.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      wow lots of info here and great pictures. You did a great job.

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hello Quill, thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. We see those fly fishermen at Pass Lake every time we leave the Island. You have a bit of a playground to play in yourself in BC. I can't wait to share those experiences soon on hubpages. Blessings!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi nifty50 thanks for stopping in and your kind comments. It is a blessing to live here. Cheers!

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Wonderful hub and the interest was peeked a few weeks ago looking around for some great fly fishing destinations on the net and Whidbey popped up.

      What a playground you are living in...

      Blessings and Hugs

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Nice hub very informative, great photos! Voted up & Awesome!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi Rose56, thanks for stopping in and your comments. It is a beautiful place so come and bring ladyjane1 with you!! Cheers

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      rose56 7 years ago

      Whibeywriter what's a nice hub. I loved all your pictures

      It looked beautiful. Good luck. it looks like a winner.

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      So glad you enjoyed the photos breakfastpop, let us know when you are planning to visit....we'll leave the light on for you. Cheers!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Stunning photos that really did pique my interest.