Shelter Bay – a saltwater lifestyle in a planned community
Tucked just across the Rainbow Bridge and west of the historic town of La Conner is the waterfront neighborhood of Shelter Bay. It is a community of more than 900 homes and a 300-slip marina that borders the western shore of the Swinomish Channel. Shelter Bay is known throughout the Northwest as a saltwater boater’s haven because of its prime location on the southern end of Fidalgo Island and its access to the San Juan Islands and inland waterways of Puget Sound. The Channel running north passes La Conner and feeds into Padilla Bay, opening up passage west to Anacortes or the San Juans or north to Bellingham. As the Channel runs south it feeds into Skagit Bay, providing passage west to Deception Pass or south toward Oak Harbor and Camano Island.
Shelter Bay is a master planned community consisting of residential lots situated on approximately 420 acres on Fidalgo Island, immediately adjacent to the Town of La Conner. The community has a strong governing structure led by its elected board of directors, supported by volunteer committees and full-time manager and staff.
Shelter Bay currently has nearly 1700 residents, comprised of working families and retirees alike. Residents enjoy use of two swimming pools, a 9-hole par-3 golf course, community clubhouse, tennis courts, children’s play area, private beach, lending library and waterside picnic pavilions. There is a wide variety of home sites, located within the wooded uplands, adjacent to greenbelts, or situated on the waterfront, and with many having views of the Swinomish Channel or Skagit Valley farm land.
Shelter Bay has a wide variety of fun community events organized by all-volunteer committees, including chili feeds, a happy hour, book and sewing clubs, children’s activities, pickle ball matches, dance and exercise classes, musical concerts, an annual community garage sale, and an active yacht club.
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