Cama Beach Resort Visitors & Activities Exhibit
Many of the photographs and snapshots in the collection show the families and activities at the Resort. Fishing was the most popular pastime but there was also clamming, crabbing, hiking, swimming, playing horseshoes, and campfires. Swimming lessons, tennis, badmitton, sing-alongs, ping-pong, and movie nights were also organized by the resort owners.
This selection of photographs show people relaxing or proudly displaying their fish catches of giant skates, lingcod, and salmon of course. Many of the photos were pinned to the Resort store wall and displayed throughout the years. Guests returned year after year for the good fishing and relaxation.
Fishing derbies were popular on the island at all the resorts through the 1930s and 50s. Photographs in this collection show the large salmon still being caught. The derbies were a major part of the local area economy at the time until they began to decline in the 1960s. At that time, many people bought their own cabins on Camano and their own boats. The resort era slowly faded. Only a few loyal guests still returned to Cama Beach through the 1970s.