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Port Susan Nature Conservancy

Puget Sound and Islands

Location

Puget Sound and Islands
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Length

2.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Highest Point: 16 ft.

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The Port Susan Nature Preserve is a small part of the Port Susan Bay Preserve and contains restored tidal wetlands that is home to a variety of fish, birds, and native plants. The preserve is open to the public between February and October, and you must contact the Nature Conservancy for a parking pass and liability waiver to visit. 

The trail itself is a gravel path atop a dike that was upgraded during the Port Susan Bay Estuary Restoration Project. Begin by heading north out of the parking area, past the rope, and turn left to go around the gate by the information sign. Already you can hear the chorus of bird chatter, and you’ll likely see many around the tall pole-mounted bird houses. 

The trail turns south, and passes a small viewing bench. To the east are agricultural lands which the dike you’re walking on helps protect from flooding. To the west is a vast estuary marsh, and views of Camano Island across the bay. Be sure to bring your binoculars or long lenses to view the variety of wildlife that resides closer to the water.

After a flat 1 mile, reach a bridge with a "No Trespassing" sign on the far end. Turn around, and return the way you came to complete the nature walk through this vital restoration area.

For more information on obtaining a pass and the types of wildlife that reside here, visit nature.org

 

Port Susan Nature Conservancy

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.2105, -122.3655 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands

The Nature Conservancy and Whidbey Camano Land Trust

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Guidebooks & Maps

https://www.nature.org/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/documents/port-susan-bay-fact-sheet.pdf

Getting There

From I-5, take Exit 212 for Stanwood and WA-532 W. Follow 532 W for 5.2 miles, then turn left onto 267th St NW. Drive 0.3 miles, turn right onto 84th Ave/Marine Dr and follow for 2.1 miles. Turn right onto Boe Rd, and follow 1.4 miles to the trailhead. The parking area is on the left, beyond a rope with a Nature Conservancy sign. Be sure to replace rope after entering the parking area, and display your Nature Conservancy parking pass.

There is a porta potty but no other facilities.

 

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