Filming and Photography
in Island County
Whidbey and Camano Islands are home to some amazing views and scenery. Filming on Whidbey and Camano islands is a creative and rewarding experience. With natural scenery, old-growth forests, beaches and hundred-year-old buildings, the two islands offer a rich selection of locations. Whidbey Island is accessible by a short, scenic ferry ride from the south end, or iconic Deception Pass Bridge from the north. Here you will find a huge diversity of locations, from quaint seaside villages to a world class Navy base, winding country roads and sweeping beach vistas. There are three incorporated towns on Whidbey, each with their own film permit. There are also several unincorporated communities, which are included in the county permit. Here you will also find information on how to film at public properties that don’t fall under either of these jurisdictions, such as State Parks, ferries, and ports. Please consult the interactive map to find the appropriate permit or contact for the area you are interested in, or contact the film liaison if you are unsure.
Contact the Island County Film Liaison
Before filming , film makers are encouraged to contact our film liaison, Sherrye Wyatt. Sherrye is a wealth of local knowledge and has many useful contacts; please reach out to her for any guidance or assistance you may need, or simply to let her know you’re bringing a crew to the islands.
All productions are also encouraged to contact Washington Filmworks in Seattle.
Let's make a movie!
We welcome film crews here, and look forward to working with you. The following links are full of information to help your location coordinating go as smoothly as possible. Because we want this to be a good experience for locals as well as filmmakers, you will also find our guidelines and expectations here. Please review the following information carefully to see if this is a good fit for your project, and whether you need a permit to proceed.
Local Film Information and Permits
Port Authority Local Film Information
State Parks and Ferries Film Information
Federal Film Information
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is located on the northwestern edge of the island, just north of the Oak Harbor city limits. About 8400 men and women are stationed there, with more than 2000 civilian personnel, as well. Filming is tightly regulated, but is possible.More Information...