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Samish Island Campground and Retreat Center

We rent a wonderful church camp on Samish Island in the Samish River delta of Skagit County (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle, 40 minutes south of Bellingham and 2 hours south of Vancouver, BC). Samish Island is connected by road to the mainland (no bridge or ferry is needed). Our hosts, the Community of Christ, offer their beautiful land and facilities to us at very reasonable cost as part of their mission to promote and support community.

Address and Google Map: 
11633 Scott Road, Bow WA 98232

Getting to Samish Island Campground

If you need a ride or want to help others with transportation, see our Carpooling Page for setting up ride shares.

Please Note: No public transportation is available all the way to Samish Island.

Flying to Western Washington?

We recommend using Seatac Airport. Take the Bellair Airporter Shuttle from Seatac to Burlington, then order an Uber/Lyft for a 20-minute ride to Samish Island.

Camp Website

Website: www.campsamish.org

Accommodations: Samish Island offers Rustic Cabins, E-Cabins, and Tent or RV camping. Please see our Samish Island Accommodations page for more information.

Site and Facility Map 

Emergency Contact

Samish Campground Manager (24 hour):
Phone: 360.766.8125


Samish Island "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.

The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

A surcharge is required for lodging in the more modern e-cabins. A $50 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $100 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $50, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

During the registration process, you may request one of these options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.

 Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
 Samish rustic cabin  
 E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:

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What to Bring

What to Bring (and not Bring) to Samish Island

·       Warm clothes in layers (sweater, jacket, etc.) as we will be going in and out of doors as we move between buildings, and spaces may be heated to different levels.

·       Raincoat AND umbrella - we're walking between buildings.

·       Shoes for walking in damp grass and are easy to take off at the meditation hall practice rooms.

·       Towel, soaps, and toiletries.

·       Bedding. Beds are provided with reasonable single mattresses (Rustic cabins) and queen mattresses (E-cabins), but no bedding. Bring a sleeping bag or sheets and blankets and a pillow, as needed. All cabins do have heat.

·       A flashlight can be helpful but the camp is reasonably well lit. We walk between buildings in the early morning and evening.

·       A yoga mat if you have a favorite. We are able to bring mats to share.

·       Meditation cushions / supplies - If you have meditation cushion(s), a bench or other sitting gear feel free to bring it. We are able to bring a limited supply of cushions. Note that there are plenty of good chairs at the site.

·       An extra blanket for the meditation hall - nice for body scans and resting.

·       Please do not bring electronic devices. If you bring your cell phone, please that turn it off after the orientation. You might also consider leaving it in your car. The instructors will also hold your cell phone for safe keeping so you can focus on the retreat experience. We do not use devices during periods of silence.

·       Please do not bring alcohol or drugs of any kind.

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