Kiket Island Conservation Acquisition

Category Overview

State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.

Project Highlights

SRFB and RCFB funding combined with private and federal grants allowed State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to purchase Kiket Island (approximately 93.6 upland acres). This purchase preserves natural eecology, habitat, and cultural resources. Located directly east of Deception Pass and within the boundaries of the Swinomish Reservation, Kiket Island is connected to Fidalgo and Flagstaff Islands by two tombolos. This acquisition protects important Skagit River delta marine Riparian Protection for endangered salmon and provides access to adjacent Tribally-owned tidelands for passive public recreation, exercise of Tribal treaty rights and environmental purposes including eradication of invasive species, scientific research, habitat protection and restoration, and environmental education. Protecting Kiket from development benefits diverse nearshore habitat including feeder bluffs, kelp and eelgrass that support Chinook, chum, and coho salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. Herring, surf smelt, and sand lance spawn along the Kiket Island shore. A rare and high functioning pocket estuary fed by freshwater seeps through a palustrine scrub shrub wetland is adjacent to and largely surrounded by the acquisition property and offers important habitat to juvenile salmonids, forage fish, and numerous waterfowl and shorebirds. Marine riparian forested uplands with old growth trees shade the Kiket beaches.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: State Parks WWRP Grant: $4,063,028.68 Applicant Match: $4,384,725.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Skagit Legislative District: 10 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 09-1446

Location Details

Please contact TPL Project Manager to arrange a visit. I-5 North Exit 226 for WA-536 W/ Kincaid St. Left at the fork, follow sings to State Hwy 536 W/ Skagit Station Left at Broad St./ WA-536 Right at S 3rd St. S. 3rd becomes W Division/ WA-536 Slight left at WA-20 Left at Reservation Rd. Right at Snee Oosh Rd. Right at Kiket Island Rd.

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.