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Upcoming Events:

1/25 – 1:00 p.m.
Tanya Kitterman
"Salmon and Eagles of the Skagit"


1/26 – 1:00 p.m.
Matt Riggen
"Trails Around the Darrington District"


Eagle Viewing Sites

Where To See Eagles

Eagles feed along the river in the early morning. On cloudy, rainy days, in late morning and early afternoon, eagles roost along the river. While on sunny days they soar over the valley.

Picture taking: Most of the viewing sites face the south, so on sunny days the sun shines into the camera lens.

Four places, staffed with volunteer guides with telescopes, to begin your eagle watching adventure are:

A great spot is the Bald Eagle Natural Area, a State Fish and Wildlife viewing site on Martin Road, off SR 530, just south of the Skagit River bridge. The sun will be behind you.

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The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center – Located in Rockport, WA in Howard Miller Steelhead Park is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. We lead guided walks to eagle watching sites in Howard Miller Steelhead Park at 11:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Guest speakers present slide presentations about the river, local history, geology, eagles, or salmon every Saturday at 1:00 pm. The Center has a souvenir shop, free information, directions to the Eagle Watcher sites. We even have distant, but great views of eagles on the Skagit and Sauk rivers. Stop at the Interpretive Center and find out exactly where to go during your visit to see bald eagles on the Skagit River.

U.S. Forest Service & North Cascades Institute Eagle Watcher Sites
North Cascades Institute and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest staff three sites with trained Eagle Watcher volunteers to answer questions, provide information, and help you locate bald eagles through their spotting scopes and binoculars. Look for the yellow "Eagle Watcher" signs at Mile Post 100 on Highway 20, Howard Miller Steelhead County Park and the Marblemount Fish Hatchery. Together with the Interpretive Center, Eagle Watcher volunteers help visitors safely see bald eagles while minimumly disturbing the eagles themselves. These locations have trash cans, restroom facilities, ample parking, great staff and great views of eagles! See our Eagle Watching tips to prepare yourself for this experience.

Washington Eddy, Rockport (Milepost 99, SR 20) – Please note that trees and vegetation have grown up to obscure river viewing at this site. It is no longer staffed by Eagle Watcher volunteers and the interpretive displays have been removed. It remains a great bird watching area and features a large beaver lodge.

The North Cascades National Park Visitor Center in Newhalem —
The visitor center is closed in the winter

To visit the North Cascades Visitor Center continue on Highway 20 passed Marblemount for about 16 miles to Newhalem (use caution as icey conditions are more common north of Marblemount). The Visitor Center has interpretive exhibits on the formation of the North Cascade mountain range and Skagit Valley, native plants, and hands-on exhibits for children. Check out the Park film, slideshow, bookstore, and souvenir shop. There are miles of easy and accessible trails near the Visitor Center that will take you through old growth forest and close the Skagit River, bald eagles, and spawned-out salmon. A 300 foot walk from the Visitor Center leads to an incredible view of the mighty Pickett Range.

While in Newhalem, it is worthwhile to visit Gorge Powerhouse. Walk out on the suspension bridge over the Skagit River and you are likely to see hundreds of salmon swimming around wondering why they can go no further. Above the powerhouse, the entire Skagit River flows through a tunnel from the Gorge Dam several miles upstream. Continue across the bridge to begin a short but delightful walk to the roaring waterfall on Ladder Creek.

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