State wants to buy Skagit Co. island
SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. - The State of Washington wants to buy an island and it's asking the federal government to pay for most of it.
State Parks officials say they want to make a day use park at little-known Kiket Island in Skagit County.
The little island near LaConner is accessible by land and offers two miles of practically untouched Puget Sound beaches.
State Parks Planning and Research Manager Bill Koss says the state has $4 million in wildlife grant money set aside, but hopes to get most of the money, $8 million, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Koss says the price sounds high but he says the island has tremendous wildlife and recreation value.
The land is currently privately owned by two residents listing a Bellevue post office box. The owners did not return our requests for comments on the history of the island.
It is perhaps best known for what never happened on Kiket Island. In the 1960s, Seattle City Light hoped to buy the island to build a nuclear power plant on it. Those plans fell through when neighboring communities complained.
Since then the Island has been in private hands and left pretty much undeveloped. There is a home, but that's about it.
Koss says the Parks Department hopes to have the deal wrapped up by December and open the park soon after to hikers and visitors.