Wildlife Area Location

Belinda Rotton
21961 Wylie Road
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 445-4441
(360) 445-2093 fax

Wildlife Areas
Skagit Wildlife Area
Samish Unit
WDFW purchased 409 acres of agricultural land along the Samish Island Road, west of Highway 237, between 1996 and 2000. Enhancement projects are improving water management capabilities to better control wetlands in highly altered (diked and drained) systems and attempt to mimic the habitat types that would have occurred naturally across a larger landscape. Re-establishment of wetland plant communities supports a wider variety of birds that might use these areas during migration or winter. Twenty-three ponds on this unit will provide the foundation for future wetland management options. Cereal grains are planted on about one half of the acreage for wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife. Recreational activities include waterfowl hunting, a weekend youth-only pheasant hunt, and observation of waterfowl, shorebirds, and birds of prey. Project partners, including Ducks Unlimited and the Washington Waterfowl Association, are working with WDFW to improve ADA access, including a parking area for about 30 vehicles and a short trail to the first pond.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Marine Birds
  • Shorebirds
  • Songbirds
  • Upland Birds
  • Wading Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Interstate 5, go west on Highway 20 to the Bayview-Edison Road. Turn right (north) and follow the Bayview-Edison Road through Bayview, past the state park and down onto the Samish Flats until the road ends at a "T" intersection. Turn left onto Samish Island Road and proceed until the 90-degree turn to the north. The parking area is straight ahead at the corner.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking and restroom facilities are available.
    Other Information
    This Unit is closed during hours of darkness.
    Unique Features
    This is a popular waterfowl hunting and wildlife watching site planted with barley and/or corn to enhance food resources for wintering waterfowl.
    Other Information
    A 15-shell restriction is in place on this Unit. Please refer to the waterfowl regulations for more information.
    Skagit Wildlife Area Waterfowl Hunting Guide
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    • Bird watching
    • Hunting
    • Wildlife viewing

    If you are Hunting or Fishing, remember to check all current regulations.

    Activities may include restrictions or require permits. Please see Public Conduct Rules for more information.