Clinton, an unincorporated town at the south end of Whidbey Island, is the site of the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry terminal.  Dozens of businesses, stores, restaurants and tourist attractions serve visitors and the local community.

In 1870 Frank Ball first settled the area now called Clinton. The town was first named Phinney, but was renamed Clinton in the 1880's after the hometown of H. C. Hinman, a local store owner from Michigan.  Farms, orchards, and logging spurred Clinton's growth.  By the early 1900's Clinton was a regular stop on the steamer runs.

Clinton's hillside views take in Saratoga Passage, Everett, Camano Island and the Cascade Mountains.  The Dan Porter Memorial Park has a full array of recreational facilities.  Deer Lake Park offers good fishing and swimming.  The southern tip of the Island, Possession Point, offers Department of Natural Resources public beaches that are home to red rock and Dungeness crabs.  These beaches are accessible only by boat.  Clinton's Possession Park offers picnic sites, boat launch, beaches, fishing from the shore, and beautiful views.  Beach combing and bird watching are favorite pastimes in this peaceful sanctuary of simple pleasures.

In addition to homes clustered on the beach and hillside overlooking the ferry landing that anchors this south Whidbey community, the Clinton area offers beachfront homes in more secluded neighborhoods.  Inland, expect a smattering of neighborhoods, but most of the housing inventory is sited on expansive acreages.  It's an area in which solitude is easily achieved.

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