Skagit Wildlife Area Trail

Conway, Washington

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Here is a tideland marsh children will love at anytime but especially in the winter when migrating snow geese and protected trumpeter and tundra swans settle around them on the dikes and fields. The whirring sound of the big white birds as they call, land, and feed in the fields is unlike any other. Up to 200,000 swans can be seen here at a time in the winter and as many as 100,000 ducks in the fall. The Skagit delta provides a 400-acre wetland recreation area with walks along the dikes out to the saltwater; this land is recognized as an important resting area for migrating birds. Some of these dikes may be reduced in the future in the name of salmon restoration. Do not venture out during hunting season, which is from October through January.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Here is a tideland marsh children will love at anytime but especially in the winter when migrating snow geese and protected trumpeter and tundra swans settle around them on the dikes and fields. The whirring sound of the big white birds as they call, land, and feed in the fields is unlike any other. Up to 200,000 swans can be seen here at a time in the winter and as many as 100,000 ducks in the fall.

The Skagit delta provides a 400-acre wetland recreation area with walks along the dikes out to the saltwater; this land is recognized as an important resting area for migrating birds. Some of these dikes may be reduced in the future in the name of salmon restoration. Do not venture out during hunting season, which is from October through January.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Conway
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Most of the year
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 10 feet
Local Maps: USGS Conway
Driving Directions: Directions to Skagit Wildlife Area Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/15/2010
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Gorgeous area-we saw plenty of birds including 2 eagles and hawks. Also a few bunnies hopped in front of our path. Easy, level walk-panoramic views of the water and fields. On a clear day I bet you would be able to see Baker. Docked stars due to not being able to do the entire loop because the pathway being blocked by fallen trees on one end, tall grass on the other. We were only able to walk maybe 1/3 of it then turn around and go back.


5/23/2009
1

Beautiful day, great trail. Well groomed, peacefull, and great with 2 dogs. plenty of room and even a place to sit at the mid point of the trail. True wetlands, something right out of a Ducks Unlimited Advertisment. Hunting season is sept. through the beginning of May. Not for hiking during this time



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