Hat Island

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

This is an acquisition for the 92-acre Hat Island, which lies on the western edge of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Bald eagles and peregrine falcon use the island for perching and feeding.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: 670101.58 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Skagit Legislative District: 40 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 91-842

Location Details

Located on the western edge of Padilla Bay, just outside the proposed boundary line for the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Saddlebag and Dot Islands to the north (1/4 Mile) are within the boundary and fall under State Parks mgmt.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.