Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Area This stretch of the upper Skagit River hosts one of the largest and most visible populations of wintering bald eagles in the lower forty-eight states. Spawned out salmon carcasses become the wintering eagles’ main food source. Eagles can be viewed feeding on the gravel bars or roosting in trees. more info
Marblemount Fish Hatchery
Description: This site is a working fish hatchery in a rural setting, surrounded by the Cascades, operated by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Visitors are welcome daily from 8:00-4:30
Wildlife to Watch: Visitors can tour the facility by picking up a Self-Guided Tour brochure at the information center located on the right side of the main hatchery building. There is a map of the Hatchery posted by the door. Inside the information center there is a video describing "A Day in the Life of the Hatchery". Tours may be available on request from hatchery staff or onsite from volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays from the last weekend in December through mid-February. Knowledgeable guides take you into the hatchery to explain how eagles relate to the lifecycle of the Pacific Salmon. Visitors gain knowledge of all phases of the salmon life cycle without disturbing salmon in the wild. In addition to fish, visitors can view eagles, hawks, blue herons, ducks, and dippers.
Special Tips: There is a short trail leading to the Cascade River where adult fish can be viewed entering Clark Creek.
Ownership: State Owned and Managed Lands
Size: N/A Closest Town: Marblemount, WA
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
Driving Directions: Marblemount, cross the Skagit River bridge and proceed past the entrance to the Marblemount Boat Launch (the starting place for bald eagle rafting trips and the location of a very nice bird-watching loop walk that follows the Skagit and Cascade Rivers). Continue past the boat launch for about a half mile, then turn right on the Rockport-Cascade Road, cross the Cascade River Bridge, and take the next right to the Fish Hatchery.