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Utopia Property

Property Description

The Utopia Conservation Area protects over 87 acres of creeks, wetlands, and forested habitat within the Skagit River floodplain.  It was acquired in 2012 and 2014 by the Trust, primarily to protect the salmon habitat found in Wiseman Creek (Black Slough) and the Skagit River which typically flows through and adjacent to the property.  Elk and deer have been known to frequent the area. 

This property was protected with the support of the Skagit Watershed Council and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board - Recreation and Conservation Office and a match from Seattle City Light. Utopia is also protected by a Wetland Reserve Program conservation easement held by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

Community members visit the Utopia Conservation Area for the "Festival of Frogs." Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Pictured above: community members visit Utopia Conservation Area for the "Festival of Frogs." Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

Involving Youth: Lyman Slough as a Conservation Classroom

The Utopia Conservation Area is an important place of field-based learning for the schools and communities along the Skagit River. It is also 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 age students in Skagit County. 

Members of the Kulshan Creek Neighborhood community program, staff of the U.S. Forest Service, Skagit Land Trust and North Cascades Institute visit Utopia in June of 2018. Photograph credit: NCI staff.

Above: The Kulshan Creek Neighborhood program is a unique partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, Mount Vernon Police Department, Catholic Housing Services of Washington and the North Cascades Institute. In June of 2018, participating families, U.S. Forest Service and North Cascades Institute staff met Skagit Land Trust staff for a day of field ecology and exploration. Photograph credit: NCI staff. 

Youth in the Kulshan Creek Neighborhood program search for frogs in the wetlands of Utopia Conservation Area. Photograph credit: NCI staff.

Above: Youth in the Kulshan Creek Neighborhood program search for frogs in the wetlands of Utopia Conservation Area. Photograph credit: NCI staff.

Members of the Kulshan Creek Neighborhood community program, staff of the U.S. Forest Service, Skagit Land Trust and North Cascades Institute visit Utopia in June of 2018. Photograph credit: NCI 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.

The Skagit Land Trust's Engaging Youth in Conservation program brings young people to conservation areas. Photograph credit: NCI staff.

The Skagit Land Trust's Conservation Classroom program invites educators to develop curriculum on Skagit Land Trust conservation areas for experiential learning in a natural setting. These experiences will be designed by educators to help further student engagement in natural sciences and teach many components of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum. Our goal is to help promote a sense of place, connection, and a lifelong stewardship ethic.

View of the Skagit River looking upstream, June 2018. Photograph credit: NCI staff.

The Utopia Conservation Area is maintained partly by the hardwork of our many volunteers. Click here for information about the land stewards for this and other Skagit Land Trust properties.

Access

The Utopia Conservation Area offers a unique  transect of riparian habitat along the Skagit River. From the gate on Utopia Road, a wide trail (formerly a road) winds through the property leading across Wiseman Creek and into a large field. The trail continues into an area that is currently being revegetated with tall native trees to help shade out the invasive reed canary grass. Continue to follow the trail along the edge of the field to reach an overlook on the Skagit River. Use caution as river banks are unstable. Look and listen for frogs and other amphibians in the small wetland under the alder grove, as well as owl pellets. 

Note that during the spring, summer and fall, the reed canary grass that fills most of the fields can grow shoulder height or taller. The map below highlights areas that are forested or field.

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Map of Utopia Conservation Area, created using GIS by Skagit Land Trust staff.

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How to Get There

Directions: Follow Hwy 20 east from Sedro-Woolley for about 7 miles. Turn right onto Hoehn Road and travel about 3 miles south until Hoehn Rd curves to the right. Uptopia Road is on the left. Turn left onto Utopia Road and travel about 1/4 mile, the Utopia Conservation Area is on the right. Look for the Skagit Land Trust sign on a gate. Parking is available on the shoulder and in front of the gate. Enter down the driveway and use caution when crossing the bridge over Wiseman Creek.

Property Info

  • Type: Trust-Owned
  • Location: Sedro Woolley
  • Acreage: 87.74 acres
  • Date Added: 2012 and 2014
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