• [CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL PICTURE] Joe Ordonez captured this early snowfall at Rainy Lake, up on the summit of the North Cascades Highway. Snowfall in the mountains means that winter is approaching. Winter typically brings the bald eagles to the Skagit and Nooksack Rivers to feed on the late salmon runs. Photo Copyright: Joe Ordonez

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All photos courtesy of Joe Ordonez.

The fall chum salmon is taking place along the Skagit River. The forest is reflected in the clear waters of the Skagit River a few miles east of our Interpretive Center in Rockport. WA.

Spawned-out chum salmon lie in the clear waters feeding into the upper Skagit River.

The leaves have fallen off most of the trees here along the upper Skagit River. But the beauty remains. This photo was taken along the route of our Interpretive Walk in Rockport, WA. Walks depart at 11am and 1:30pm. (see our schedule for details)

Winter snow in the upper Skagit Valley fell today, Saturday, December 18th. Photo taken at Rockport State Park.

Western Washington University intern Jasmine Neubauer leads an interpretive walk at our Skagit River Interpretive Center in Rockport, WA. The walk focuses on the connection between the Skagit River, the wetlands and the forest. Bald eagles and chum salmon play the leading role in the story.


Nature walks 11:00am and 1:30pm.
Center open 10:00am-4:00pm

Holiday Schedule:
Dec 18 and 19 Open
Dec 25 and 26 Closed
Dec 27 to Jan 2 Open Daily

January Schedule:
Jan 8 and 9 Open
Jan 15 and 16 Open
Jan 22 and 23 Open
Jan 29 and 30 Open

Plant Walk on Sunday, December 12, 2021

Sunday Dec. 12th 11am – Native Plant Walk with Terri Wilde

Explore the winter plant life of the Upper Skagit. Learn the edible and medicinal properties and interesting stories of native and naturalized flora. We will share tea and and brief outdoor presentation outside the interpretive center before taking a leisurely walk to meet the winter wonderland plants by the river. The presentation will last approximately one hour. Dress for the weather.

Terri Wilde has been studying local plants and fungi for more than three decades and enjoys sharing her knowledge and humor.

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team (SRBEAT) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates the Interpretive Center.

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport, WA offers opportunities to better understand the Skagit River ecosystem with an emphasis on the winter migration of bald eagles, salmon, and the vital role each play in our environment. Each weekend in December and January we offer Guided Nature Hikes along the scenic Skagit River and a Speaker Series. Our educational programs include a K-12 & Home School Program and Community Group Tours.

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