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Skagit Wildlife Area

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area
48.3372, -122.3581 Map & Directions
Length
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
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Highest Point
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Snow geese making their annual migration to the Skagit estuary. Photo by Bob and Barb. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

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Each year, from fall to spring, this area is a bird paradise, with snow geese and trumpeter and tundra swans overwintering in huge numbers. There are several access points in the wildlife refuge. The Headquarters area has a two mile trail and staff may be able to point you to other appropriate areas to visit. Continue reading

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Hiking Skagit Wildlife Area

Each year, from fall to spring, this area is a bird paradise, with snow geese and trumpeter and tundra swans overwintering in huge numbers. There are several access points in the wildlife refuge. The Headquarters area has a 2-mile trail, and Big Ditch, Wylie Slough and Fir Island are also popular walking access areas.

Winter walks planned to see the gorgeous migrating snow geese, trumpeter and tundra swans are a good way for your kids to get outside. The Skagit Wildlife Area has numerous access points that allow you to walk dikes along the shore of Skagit Bay. Do note that from October through January is hunting season, and it is best to avoid visiting during that time.

Before you go, read up about the birds and the migration journey they make. No wonder they are hungry! For several months Skagit dikes and fields are full of the white birds feeding, soaring, and landing. The humming and whirring sounds they make are fascinating to kids, but on a clear day your reward will also be the views of the North Cascades and Mount Baker hovering above the bays and mud flats.

Skagit Wildlife Area

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 48.3372, -122.3581 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Take Interstate 5 to Exit 221. Go west from the freeway and turn right on to Fir Island Road, following the sign for Conway/La Conner. In 1.8 miles, turn left onto Wylie Road and follow for 1 mile to a T-intersection and a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sign. Turn left and follow the signs to either of the two parking lots.

More Hike Details

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Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Skagit Wildlife Area

Guidebooks & Maps

Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (Burton - Mountaineers Books)

Skagit Wildlife Area map

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