Four Springs House & Lake Preserve
Camano Island is a hidden jewel. The natural wooded venue offers a beautiful and versatile setting for the wedding of your dreams. Multiple spaces are available, offering many options for your indoor, garden or lakeside event.
Q& A withFour Springs House & Lake Preserve
What is the story behind the Four Springs Lake Preserve.
In 1998, Friends of Camano Island Parks (FOCIP – a charitable volunteer organization on Camano Island) met with the previous owners and discussed the sale of their property to Island County as a Conservation Futures Fund Project. Following the owner’s agreement, FOCIP sponsored the 50-acre property, including buildings, as a Conservation Futures application. A lot of work went into the application process by local residents, but they stuck with it. Once it was determined that the Conservation Futures Funds could only be applied to the land purchase and not the buildings, FOCIP conducted a fund raising project to assist in the purchase of the complete property. Between the summer of 2000 and spring of 2001, FOCIP raised $224,000. The property was purchased in late spring of 2001, at which point Island County Parks took over the task of upgrading the facility, maintenance and operation. The park trails were opened in November of 2004 and the private rental area became available for use in May of 2005. Once open to the public, the park and rental facility have become treasured resources for local residents and beyond.
Tell us about the view.
The private rental facility rests right in the middle of a 50-acre nature preserve. The property boasts an actual meadow, beautiful tree lines and two large lawn areas. The back of the main house looks over a beautiful view of a pond. Great debates have taken place over the years as to whether it is indeed a “lake” or a “pond.” Although it meets many of the criteria of a lake, it is a tiny body of water (although beautiful!) leaving it in the “pond” category.
What amenities do you offer?
The property has three main buildings for rental use. The main house offers a catering kitchen, a living room area and two rooms with bathrooms for the bridal party to get dressed in. Both bathrooms have a full bath and shower, allowing those involved in the event set-up (on a hot summer day) to take a quick shower if needed.
The meadow room is a large 1,400-square-foot room with windows that look out on a forest backdrop and large lawn area. There is a lovely gas fireplace, small kitchen/sink area for use and sound system that is suitable for background music.
The barn is a 1,176-square-foot building with a large, covered outside area. It has a 220V outlet, a small moveable bar and a large barn door that opens up to beautiful views of the property. Along with the buildings, there are three outdoor areas that are perfect for an outdoor ceremony and two of those locations are perfect for an outdoor reception.
What is unique about your venue?
The property is a not-for-profit business, as it is part of Island County Parks. When you have your wedding at Four Springs, all of your funds go to support the parks in Island County. Just 15 miles from I-5, Four Springs is an easy drive from anywhere and yet it is a designated nature preserve. You’ll find wildlife everywhere and the outdoors “decorates itself” as we’ve heard many times.
What is your favorite wedding memory at the Four Springs Lake Preserve ?
There have been many, many wonderful memories here. How could there not be? We participate in the most important day of many peoples lives and are surrounded by their friends and families. We see wonderful memories made at every event. What I can relay is one of the most unique weddings I witnessed. And that would be what I call our “International Wedding”. We had a couple married here who met as exchange students at Washington State University, so almost every guest travelled from overseas. The groom was from Iran and the bride was from Brazil. We met guests from Iran, Brazil, Switzerland, England and beyond as well as their friends that they made at WSU who made the trip across the mountains. Wonderful group of people and absolutely beautiful wedding.