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Samish River - Ochs Property

Property Description

Monica and Kristian Ochs donated this 28 acre property to Skagit Land Trust in 2009, forever preserving it as a Conservation Area vital to the Upper Samish watershed. The Samish river runs through the property with riparian forest on either side, providing habitat for a number of species. 

 The Samish River cuts through the property and is surrounded by riparian forest on either side. 

Ecology

A variety of wildlife can be seen in the river and riparian forest at Samish River Ochs. Eagles and other raptors are commonly seen here, and the river provides habitat for a number of salmonids such as Chinook, coho, sockeye, and steelhead. The riparian forest consists of indian plum, red alder, and black cotton wood while providing habitat for deer. 

   In winter, water level rises in the Samish River. This is also when winter runs of salmonids can be found here. 

Stewardship

Stewardship goals for Samish River Ochs are to enhance and maintain the riparian forest for wildlife habitat, especially salmonids. Skagit Land Trust has been working to remove invasive species on the property with the help of volunteers. Invasive species found here include English holly, butterfly bush, and knotweed. 

Click here to view information about the land stewards for this and other Skagit Land Trust properties.

 Maintaining the riparian forest ensures that it will continue to keep this stretch of the Samish River suitable for salmon. 

Access

This site is open to low-impact public use for community enjoyment and is accessed via Upper Samish Rd. Click here for a Google Maps link. 

Click on the map above for an enlarged image. Map generated using 2017 NAIP aerial imagery.

How to Get There

Head east on WA-20 Turn left (north) at WA-9/N Township Street. Turn left at Prairie Rd. First right onto Upper Samish Rd. Drive ahead, passing one narrow strip of trees on your right, until you hit a large section of wooded area on your right, which is Samish River (Ochs). Parking is pulling off along the road

Property Photos

Aerial of the Samish Ochs property View of the Samish in the Samish Ochs property

Property Info

  • Type: Trust-Owned
  • Location: East of Alger
  • Acreage: 28.1 acres
  • Date Added: 2009
  • Please visit this property!

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