About Our Community

Shelter Bay is just across the Rainbow Bridge and west of the historic town of La Conner. This beautiful community, which also includes a 300-slip marina, 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.

Shelter Bay is a master planned community consisting of over 900 residential lots situated on approximately 420 acres of Fidalgo Island land. The community has a Homeowners Association (HOA) with a strong governing structure led by its elected board of directors. It is is supported by volunteer committees and a full-time manager and staff. Shelter Bay currently has more than 1700 residents, ranging from retirees to working families. There are a wide variety of home sites: wooded uplands, adjacent to greenbelts, overlooking the Skagit Valley farmland and/or the Swinomish Channel or on the waterfront.

Shelter Bay has many fun events organized by all-volunteer committees, including a monthly happy hour, clubs (bridge, book, carving & sewing), children’s activities, dance and exercise classes, music concerts, an annual community garage sale and an active yacht club.

To learn more, please explore our website. Shelter Bay is a great place to live!
Our Community At A Glance...

  • Shelter Bay is located between Seattle and Vancouver BC, just 20 minutes off I-5. It is an easy commute to both Bellingham and Everett.
  • Development of Shelter Bay began in 1968. Its layout of residential homes and numerous waterways/bays is very unique and could not be duplicated today.
  • Shelter Bay's 300-slip marina offers permanent and guest moorage and is considered a prime location for San Juan boaters. 
  • The historic town of La Conner is a 5-minute drive and offers a wide variety of restaurants, boutique shops, museums, a library and a well-stocked grocery store.
  • Shelter Bay's location provides a rural lifestyle, with easy access to shopping malls and big box stores just 20 minutes away.
  • The neighboring Skagit Valley farm land provides an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers at roadside stands.
History of Shelter Bay
You might find this historical perspective interesting reading.