HISTORIC CAMP CASEY
At the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. Army opened a newly built fort that was to guard the entrance to Puget Sound. Located on Whidbey Island, the fort was named “Fort Casey” in honor of Brigadier General Thomas Lincoln Casey, the last U.S. Army chief of engineers. Fort Casey became part of the “triangle of fire,” along with Fort Worden and Fort Flagler, and its big guns were first fired on September 11, 1901. Within 20 years, Fort Casey was the fourth largest military post in Washington, housing 10 officers and 428 enlisted men.
The Army used the fortification until World War II and, when Fort Casey was decommissioned in the 1950s, Seattle Pacific University became the property’s owner — updating and renovating the buildings for groups like yours. Today, SPU continues to welcome school groups, churches, nonprofit organizations, and outdoor education classes to this remarkable historical site.
Known as “Camp Casey” by its many returning visitors, Camp Casey Conference Center continues to offer groups the ideal place to reflect, excel, discover, and grow.
Directions from the North...
Exit off I-5 at the Anacortes/ Whidbey Island exit (#230) and continue through Oak Harbor to Coupeville. At the pedestrian overpass and traffic light, turn south (right) on South Main. Follow signs to Fort Casey State Park. You will arrive at Camp Casey Conference Center before reaching the state park.
Directions From the South...
Exit off I-5 at Highway 525 West (exit #182). Cross the sound on the Mukilteo Ferry. Travel North 22 miles on Highway 525. Turn left at sign for Fort Casey State Park. Continue past Keystone Ferry until you see Camp Casey Conference Center sign.