Just thirty minutes south of Bellingham and 9 miles west of Interstate-5, Samish Island is easily reached by car. Once only accessible by boat or at low tide, it’s now connected to the mainland by a system of dikes built in the early 20th century.
The island is just 3.5 miles long and about 1 mile across at the widest point. It is surrounded by Chuckanut, Samish, and Padilla Bays offering some of the best oysters, clams and crab in the Northwest.
Indian longhouses and rugged mill towns once dotted the shores. Now amongst the deep forests, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches you will find an eclectic mix of simple cabins and sprawling estates.
A favorite stop for bird watchers the island is home to large numbers of Bald Eagles and Blue Heron. Loons and other waterfowl shelter in the bays. Otters and seals and even an occasional whale can be spotted from the shore. Other activities include, bicycling, clamming, kayaking and beachcombing.
There are two summer camps, two churches and two parks on the island. The sole retail business is Blau Oyster Farm, which sells fresh seafood year round.
Halfway between the exciting cities of Seattle and Vancouver, Samish Island is a short distance from beautiful Chuckanut drive and the coastal towns of Edison, Fairhaven, Laconner and Anacortes. Wonderful dining and shopping experiences await you at each stop.
Samish Island Getaways offers two unique, year round vacation homes for your own private escape.
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