A joint ownership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community allows this gorgeous parcel of land to be open to the public. The preserve and the tidal areas surrounding it are an important home for many sensitive species of marine, mammal, and bird life. Historically, the area was used to gather shellfish and seining salmon. The name Kukutali means "place of the cattail mat," in reference to the temporary shelters that would be created at the site of summer clam digs.
Flagstaff Point, (technically an island) at the end of the peninsula, is a wildlife sanctuary and has no access. If this preserve is approached with the proper care, it can remain a beautiful spot with unique opportunities for wildlife viewing.
To help protect the endangered species, it's important to stay on the designated trails. Beach use is allowed, but harvesting (such as of clams) is reserved for members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.