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Lyman Slough Property

Property Description

Alders and cottonwoods line Lyman Slough in the late fall. Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Lyman Slough was once a popular fishing spot on the west side of Lyman. Fishermen would walk from Lyman on the gravel bars along the banks of the Skagit River. The river is shifting and a large slough now separates the mainland from the gravel bars for much of the year. Fishermen still try their luck from boats on the river and the river may shift its course favorably in the future.

Conservation History

Skagit Land Trust acquired this property with assistance from the Governor's Salmon Recovery Funding Office and Skagit County Public Works to protect the significant coho rearing habitat found here. The property also hosts a riparian woodland, home to many songbirds, amphibians and bats.  Volunteers have contributed a great deal of time removing invasive species and planting native species over the years.

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Lyman Slough. Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Involving Youth: Lyman Slough as a Conservation Classroom

Because of its close proximity to Lyman Elementary, the Lyman Slough Conservation Area is an important place of field-based learning for the schools and communities along the Skagit River. Lyman Slough is a popular site for the Skagit Land Trust's Engaging Youth in Conservation Conservation Classrooms program which provides hands-on learning experiences through field-based education and stewardship projects for elementary, middle and high school classes in Skagit County. 

Fifth grade students from Lyman Elementary school participate in field-based environmental education at Lyman Slough, March 2018. Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Conservation Classrooms provides hands-on learning experiences in nature and connects students to the real world. The program also instills stewardship ethics through land stewardship projeccts and connects students to resources in their community. Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Fifth grade students from Lyman Elementary school participate in field-based environmental education at Lyman Slough, March 2018. Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Above: Fifth grade students from Lyman Elementary School participate in field ecology investigations at Lyman Slough. As part of the Conservation Classroom program, teachers from Lyman Elementary visit the Lyman Slough Conservation Area with their classes throughout the year. Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Fifth grade students from Lyman Elementary school participate in field-based environmental education at Lyman Slough, March 2018. Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Teachers are invited to bring their students for field trips with custom programming provided by Skagit Land Trust staff. Click here to visit our Engaging Youth in Conservation page and learn more about youth engagement on Skagit Land Trust properties. Read more about educational programming at Lyman Slough in the Skagit Land Trust Summer 2018 Newsletter.

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Community members visit Lyman Slough Conservation Area. Photograph credit: Christine Farrow.

Access

Walk or bike along the Cascade Trail and enjoy access to this beautiful waterway. There is a short trail that leads directly to the shore of the slough. 

NOTE: Due to recent changes in the flow of the Skagit River, the river bank at Lyman Slough may be unstable.  Use caution when visiting this property.

A large section of the river bank was carved away during a flood event in fall of 2017, causing damage to several homes. Land adjacent to the Skagit Land Trust property has been bulldozed and artificial erosion barriers put into place by the Army Corps of Engineeers in 2018. 

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GIS map of Lyman Slough Conservation Area. Map credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

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How to Get There

Driving directions:  Just over seven miles east of Sedro-Woolley, turn right on Lyman-Hamilton Road. Drive 1.5 miles to Lyman City Park. Park at the Lyman City Park parking area and walk towards the river to the Cascade Trail. The Lyman Slough Conservation Area is on the right along the slough. 

Property Info

  • Type: Trust-Owned
  • Location: Lyman
  • Acreage: 19 acres
  • Date Added: 2004
  • Please visit this property!

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