Skagit Wildlife Area
Jul 04, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Skagit Wildlife Area
- Region: Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
- Agency: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Avg Rating: 3.67
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with a dog
- Be Aware Of
- No water source
Although I didn't have any kids with me today, this is a great place to take kids for a walk. I'm looking forward to bringing my grandson back in the winter and spring. I saw a HUGE nest in a tree across the water, not sure who built it though; perhaps an eagle or a blue heron? There were tons of birds chirping the entire way. Not being very knowledgeable about birds, I only recognized robins, ducks and gold finches. Previous trip reports mentioned benches, but the only benches that I could see were across the water and sitting in the water. From looking at previous trip report photos, it seemed like there was more water than normal today.
There are various hunting blinds along the way (is that what those things are called, the place where the hunters hide?). Posted along the way are signs warning of hunting from September 1 - March 1. I'm not anti-hunting if hunters are providing food for their families, however it seems odd to me that we have a wildlife refuge, yet allow hunting within the refuge. Especially considering that there are THOUSANDS of snow geese that come here, and snow geese mate for life.
This park was very clean. I saw only one piece of trash, which I picked up and brought home to throw away. I came across young families, nature photographers and seniors out walking. I was dismayed to see that I was the only one with my dog on a leash. A couple of dogs were under good voice control, but others were not. I do feel since this is a wildlife refuge, having dogs run loose frightening the birds is less than desirable.
My GPS measured about 2.4 miles, but I wandered over to explore the covered area and the bulletin boards in the parking lot. You do need a Discover Pass here. Be sure to bring your own doggy bags and be prepared to take them home with you. I didn't see any dispensers for doggy bags, nor any trash cans.