Fishing/Boating/Camping/Kayaking

Of Skagit’s 1920 square miles, 125 square miles are water. The Skagit Wild and Scenic River System – made up of segments of the Skagit, Cascade, Sauk, and Suiattle Rivers – provides important wildlife habitat and recreation including one of the largest winter populations of bald eagles in the U.S. and spawning grounds for one-third of all salmon in Puget Sound.

Fishing/Boating/Camping

Explore rivers, streams, lakes, bays and sea throughout the county. Washington Department Fish & Wildlife provides a comprehensive list of Skagit County river and lake water access points and types of fish available, as well as what permits and licenses are required.

Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon

Boat launch on Skagit River, bank fishing, day use only

Riverfront Park, Sedro-Woolley

Boat launch on Skagit River, bank fishing, day use and overnight camping

Bay View State Park, Mount Vernon

Boat launch on Padilla Bay, day use and overnight camping, beach and trail access

Rasar State Park, Lyman/Hamilton

4000 feet of shoreline on Skagit River, bank fishing, day use and overnight camping

Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport

Boat launch on Skagit River, bank fishing, day use and overnight camping, Skagit River Interpretive Center, trails

Swinomish Channel Boat Launch

Two ramps, parking, restrooms

Baker Lake in North Cascades National Park

9-mile long reservoir has camping, boating, fishing, hiking and picnicking. Baker Lake Trail is an easy family hike along the eastern shoreline.

 Kayaking

Cascadia Marine Trail is one of the premier water trails for non-motorized boaters in the United States. It travels along Puget Sound shorelines from the Canadian border to Olympia with more than 50 campsites along the way. Check out the North Sound section for the trail segment in our area. A recommended “Short & Sweet” Overnight is called Paddle to Saddlebag. Check it out, and always keep an eye on the tides.

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