Island Beach Access

Wonn Road Legal White Paper - January 2016


Wonn Road Background Presentation - May 2014


Marissa Lane Letters and Issues - September 2012


Marissa Lane Survey - Fall 2012


Shore Stewards News - July/August 2011


Shoreline Public Access Sign Manual - April 19, 1985


Island Beach Access

California property owners fined millions for blocking access to public beach.

With numerous battles over public beach access brewing around the world, exorbitant wealth does not always mean unlimited rights. For decades there have been battles in California over access to the state's public beaches. This week the California Coastal Commission has made it clear that it is serious about standing with the people and their rights to enjoying their beaches.

As reported by the LA Times: Two Malibu property owners fined $5.1 million for blocking access to public beach.

This could not have been accomplished without those who were willing to give their time and donations to that effort, please help us by clicking the button below and giving to our mission to identify and preserve public beach access here in Island County.

Getting to the Beach

Getting to the Beach.Island County offers a wide variety of beach experiences. This map will provide you with all the information that you need to make your visit. Click here or on the map to start your day at the beach.

For all you Kayakers out there, Whidbey Island Sea Kayakers has generously provided some instructions and information for kayaking around Whidbey Island. You can see what they have to offer at

Interested in the history of Island County's government?

We now have the Board of Island County Commissioners’ meeting minutes dating from 1853 until 2003. Take a look!

Public land encroachment is not just an Island County Issue

ICFBA is dedicated to the preservation of public beach access primarily through stopping private encroachment on public county road ends leading to those beaches but these aren't the only places in which encroachment issues occur. These events sometimes reach public attention through the media in articles like this one in the Seattle Weekly News on May 23, 2007 and The Seattle Times follow-up article dated May 4, 2012. They are not issues of disparity of class or public status but enforcement of the public right to utilize and enjoy those lands set aside for the use and enjoyment of all.

An example of encroachment on public lands has occurred at Marissa Lane. If you have witnessed this or would just like to help reverse this encroachment, please print this form and add any thing that you might have witnessed then print, sign and mail it to the Island County Department of Planning and Community Development at the address found below.

If you are aware of cases of public land encroachment in Island County, please let the county Enforcement Office know by using the Island County Planning & Community Development Complaint Investigation FormPDF reader required.. All you have to do is complete the form, sign and date, then mail it to:

Jason Johnson, Enforcement Planner
Island County Dept of Planning and Community Development
P. O. Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239

If you see an article, video clip, or webcast related to public beach access encroachment, please let us know by emailing IBA or go to our contact page for other options.

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