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Barr Creek Property

Property Description

Barr Creek Waterfall

The Barr Creek property was purchased by the Skagit Land Trust from Kermit and Doris Johnson in August of 2008 with a grant sponsored by the State of Washington through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The grant  funded habitat conservation for endangered species and was matched by the Skagit Land Trust. The Skagit Land Trust affectionately named this spot after its former owner, Kermit Johnson: 'Kermit's Woods.' 

Washington Department of Natural Resources holds a conservation easement on the property.

In October 2017, Doris and Kermit Johnson added close to four more acres to the Barr Creek Conservation area. Over 100 feet of Barr Creek flows through this property and the addition of this land will further support wildlife habitat. Read more about the Barr Creek Conservation Area expansion in our Fall 2017 newsletter

The maturing forests surrounding Barr (also known as Swift) Creek make the property ideal habitat for roosting bald eagles which winter along the Skagit River. As the forest matures, it will serve as potential habitat for two critically endangered species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act: the marbled murrelet and the northern spotted owl. The Marbled Murrelet usually nests in trees greater than 200 years in age.


The Barr Creek Conservation Area is just two miles east of Rockport along Washington State Route 20.  

The Hegg-Benson Trail, designed and constructed by Skagit Land Trust members and volunteers in 2009-2010, provides a short walk into this lovely conservation area. Less than a mile from the parking area, the creek cascades through forest, pictured below. 

Less than a mile from the parking area, Barr Creek cascades through lowland forests. Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Barr Creek drains the south-eastern side of Sauk Mountain. Ambitious hikers can continue past the property boundary into lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. An unmaintained forest service road leads up the back side of Sauk Mountain and to the site of former fire lookout that once stood at the summit. 

View from Sauk Mountain looking south over the Skagit River. Photograph credit: Andy Cline.

We encourage you to visit this property! Click here for a map.

Barr Creek Trail Map, illustrated by Jocelyn Curry.

How to Get There

Take Highway 20 east to Rockport. Turn left onto Conrad Road at mile post 98, approximately 1.5 miles after the junction of Highway 20 and Highway 530 (which leads to Darrington). Take a left on Conrad Road and drive up the hill, passing several private homes. Look for a small parking lot at the trailhead on the left and the Skagit Land Trust sign.

Property Photos

Barr Creek Forest

Property Info

  • Type: Trust-Owned
  • Location: Rockport, WA
  • Acreage: 44.35 acres
  • Date Added: 2008
  • Please visit this property!

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