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Skagit Wildlife Area

Puget Sound and Islands


Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area
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2.0 miles, roundtrip


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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 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

Co-ordinates: 48.3372, -122.3581 Open map in new window


Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Skagit Wildlife Area

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Guidebooks & Maps

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

Skagit Wildlife Area map

USGS Conway

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.

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