Leque Island, located west of Stanwood between Port Susan and Skagit bays, was once entirely salt marsh. Today it consists of wetlands and diked agricultural fields. Since 1974, WDFW has purchased a majority of the island (325 acres). Contract farmers annually plant cereal grain as food for wintering waterfowl (mainly ducks and snow geese). This site offers bird watching, bird dog training, and pheasant and waterfowl hunting. In 1982, a storm combined with a high tide breeched the lower southern dike in two places, flooding both state and private property on the island. Efforts to rebuild the dikes have been proposed since 1973, when the first parcel was acquired. Currently, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board has funded a cooperative project between Ducks Unlimited and WDFW to restore about 100 acres of Leque Island to intertidal estuary. Setback levees will be built on the south and north ends of the island, and dikes removed to reconnect sloughs with the Stillaguamish River. This will restore tidal flooding, provide habitat where juvenile salmon can make the transition from a fresh to saltwater environment, and benefit other fish and wildlife species.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Interstate 5, take exit 212 and proceed west toward Stanwood on Highway 532. Continue west through Stanwood onto the Camano Gateway Bridge. Half-way over the bridge you will notice Eide Road on your left. It is not longer legal to make a left turn on to Eide Road, however continue west and you will see the Davis Slough Access (Leque Island West Side) parking lot on the left. You may park here or if you wish to park on Eide Road. Turn around then take 532 east bound until you have reached Eide Road. If you miss the Davis Slough turn keep driving west onto Camano Island turn left onto N Smith Road and turn around then take 532 east to Eide Road. Continue to the small parking area at the end of Eide Road.
Parking/Restroom Information There is a small parking area and no restroom facilities.
Other Information This Unit is closed during hours of darkness.
This is a popular site for pheasant hunting and waterfowl hunting, as well as wildlife watching and dog training. Agricultural fields are planted in barley, winter wheat and/or corn for wintering food resources for waterfowl and snow geese.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov