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. WDFW began acquiring properties on Leque Island in 1974, and currently owns the entirety of the island aside from road right-of-ways controlled by Washington State Department of Transportation and Snohomish County. 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. The perimeter dikes on the island have repeatedly failed during high tide and storm events, most recently in 2010. Temporary repairs were made in 2010 to patch the dikes in two locations that were breached. WDFW and Ducks Unlimited are working cooperatively with grant funding to determine a long-term solution to the failing dikes. WDFW and Ducks Unlimited will draft potential design alternatives and WDFW will select the preferred alternative with input from stakeholders. This project is referred to as the Leque Island Alternatives Analysis and Design Project.
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.
The site reopened to the public following the temporary closure for a restoration project, as of October 14, 2017.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov