Everett Spencer Island

Everett, Washington

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More than fourteen hundred acres of the Snohomish River estuary, where the waters of the river meet the saltwater of Possession Sound, are a home for more than three hundred birds and a variety of mammals, and critical habitat for salmon species, all of which thrive in and around the brackish wetlands. It’s a place naturalists could spend years getting to know. One way to visit the estuary and perhaps spot a wide range of species, is to take to a kayak or canoe through the area. To this end, county and local paddle groups are working to develop a network of “water trails” here, designated water routes set up with boat access and rest stops.
Nature in the City: Seattle

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Nature in the City: Seattle

by Maria Dolan & Kathryn True (The Mountaineers Books)

More than fourteen hundred acres of the Snohomish River estuary, where the waters of the river meet the saltwater of Possession Sound, are a home for more than three hundred birds and a variety of mammals, and critical habitat for salmon species, all of which thrive in and around the brackish wetlands.

It’s a place naturalists could spend years getting to know. One way to visit the estuary and perhaps spot a wide range of species, is to take to a kayak or canoe through the area. To this end, county and local paddle groups are working to develop a network of “water trails” here, designated water routes set up with boat access and rest stops.

©  Maria Dolan & Kathryn True/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Everett
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Everett: Spencer Island

Recent Trail Reviews

3/12/2006
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Spencer island is an easy level Sunday walk through estuary marsh/wetlands. If you don't have time to head for mountain trails, this is a nice close-in alternative. No forests but great open space bird watching and well maintained trails. We encountered numerous birdwatdhers with tripod and cameras in hand. We hiked the trails but the potential for flat water canoeing and kayaking looks terrific. City of Everett Parks and Recreation publishes a water trails map of the area.


2/21/2005
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This island is an oxymoron with hunting grounds on the northern half and a wildlife refuge on the south. Currently two dike bridges have been washed out and you can not make a loop on the island. There are still 3 out and back trails that are worth exploring, all varying in length from .5 mile up to around 2.5 miles (each way) from the main island access bridge. Saw herons, eagles, deer, sea otter, and many other birds. Bring a camera and binocular. Visit early or late. Dike repairs are scheduled for 2005 and the island may be closed for a long period of time. Call snohomish county before going if you can.



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