A Trip With an Edge: Tossing Axes at Arrowhead Ranch

By Nathan Whalen

A Camano Island ranch offers axe throwing for people looking for something different when organizing a get-together.  Arrowhead Ranch has one range with two targets that allow visitors to throw metal axes at a bullseye, which has been a popular feature for the ranch that opened in 2019. Ranch manager, Katie Shrock, said Arrowhead is packed everyday with parties of people looking to throw.  Axe throwing at Arrowhead Ranch costs $35 per person with a minimum of four guests for a 90-minute session with an “axe-pert.”

Hurling axes is one of an eclectic array of hands-on activities visitors can enjoy when visiting Arrowhead Ranch.

"Hurling axes is one of an eclectic array of hands-on activities visitors can enjoy when visiting Arrowhead Ranch."


Parents and their children show up in March to start construct their Soap Box racer, which they use to compete at the annual Soap Box Derby that takes place Father’s Day weekend.

Ranch owner Randy Heagle said building the racers gives kids an opportunity to work with tools and “to see that light come on.”

“It’s fun to see them work with the tools,” Heagle said.


Arrowhead Ranch has a 1,000-foot, paved Soapbox Derby course. Winners get to compete at the World Soap Box Derby World Championships in Akron, Ohio.

Heagle has been organizing soap box derby races since 2008. Back then, the races took place in Stanwood.

He bought the 50-acre ranch in 2016, constructed the paved course and the first soapbox derby race took place in 2017. Prior to that, the property was a horse ranch over the years. Arrowhead also maintains its heritage as a ranch. A small number of cattle are being raised on the land.

Arrowhead offers a couple of workshops, constructing birdhouses or a charcuterie board, for folks interested in woodworking.

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Randy Heagle in his workshop.

The ranch’s large red barn will soon house metal shop and a wood shop that will serve as a makers’ space for people to work on their personal projects.

“Instead of joining the gym, you join the shop,” Heagle, who always had a shop, said. “I was always into working with my hands.”

Arrowhead Ranch also offers a couple lodging options.

The Arlene Farmhouse, constructed in 1914, has been fully restored and includes hardwood floors and renovated bathrooms. The Bunkhouse at Arrowhead Ranch is a one-bedroom, one bathroom hideaway with full kitchen, high-speed internet, and television.

For more information about Arrowhead Ranch, go to arrowheadranchcamano.com

About the Author:  Nathan Whalen is a former resident of Island County who enjoys writing about island life.

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