The 627-acre Nooksack unit extends from the Nooksack River estuary north to Slater Road, where it meets the Tennant Lake unit. It was purchased to protect critical salmonid and waterfowl habitat. Together with the Tennant Lake unit, it protects the eastern bank of the Nooksack River from its mouth to Ferndale, as well as most of Tennant and Silver creeks. A dike along the east bank currently protects previously farmed lowlands from flooding. The unit is being replanted with native riparian vegetation, and tidally influenced habitats are being restored for salmon and waterfowl. A dike-top trail runs along the Nooksack River. Approximately 100 acres of corn planted annually, with 10% of crop left standing in field over as winter waterfowl forage.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions I-5 exit 260 (Lummi Isl/Slater Rd.). W on Slater Rd appx 3 miles. Parking area just E of Nooksack River bridge.
Parking/Restroom Information Parking lot on S side of Slater Rd, no restroom facilities.
Other Information Closed during hours of darkness
Access Site #2
Driving Directions I-5 exit 260 (Lummi Isl/Slater Rd.). W on Slater Rd appx 3.5 miles to Ferndale Rd. L (S) on Ferndale Rd to the intersection with Marine Dr. L (E) on Marine Dr appx 100 yds.
Parking/Restroom Information Parking lot, no restroom facilities
Other Information Closed during hours of darkness.
1.5 mile Nooksack River levee trail. Corn field - strips left for waterfowl. Seven hunting/wildlife viewing blinds. Swans often seen in winter. Birding/dog walking trails.
Dogs on leash year-round and on the levee trail only. Hunting dogs in field only during hunting season.
Maps for all hunting areas are posted at the HQ parking lot, and unit maps are up at Marine Drive, Slater Road, and Intalco parking lots.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov