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Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)

Fidalgo Island

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)

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  • Parking area.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Walk along the gravel road past the gate.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Small lagoon vital to local wildlife.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Private property on either side of the gravel access road.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Private property on either side of the gravel access road.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Unidentified species (please help us identify it by providing feedback).- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Take the south trail (left) for the lower grade.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Field near the approach of Flagstaff Point.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Small area for swimming. Flagstaff Point in the distance.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Small area for swimming.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Small area for swimming.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Small area for swimming.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Small area for swimming.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
  • Bald eagle.- Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
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Pros: 
Secluded and beautiful old-growth forest.
Cons: 
Exposed gravel road approach trail.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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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.

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