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Sedro-Woolley Chamber Members provide many choices of things to do and the surrounding Skagit Valley adds more choices.  

Boat Tours: Deception Pass Tours Captain Brett is a U.S. Coast Guard certified captain and would like to share the exciting and picturesque setting of Deception Pass with you, while exploring the shores and waters of the surrounding area. Take a unique ride on a seated open deck boat and enjoy a 360° unobstructed view as we pass through the waters of Deception Pass on a one hour tour. Also, look for wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, porpoises and maybe an occasional whale. We may not have Nessee or Champ, but we have the world’s largest Pacific Octopus. Learn the tales of characters who navigated these waters and the splendor of this National Historic Landmark.

Bowling: After 13 years of being closed down, the Fairweather Lanes Bowling Alley at 612 Metcalf St has re-opened as The Community Bowling Center.

Golf: Fore! Golf Adventures Await ~ Gateway Golf Course is a great 9 hole regulation course located at the Gateway Golf Course facility in Sedro Woolley, WA. From the longest tees it offers 3,050 yards of golf for a par of 36. The course rating is 67.9 with a slope rating of 115. Gateway is a municipal golf course with a ‘Open To Public’ guest policy. (Additional courses are available in the area).

Wineries: Skagit Valley is home to 7 wineries currently rivaling some of the best wineries in Europe. The climate and growing conditions in the Skagit Valley are excellent for agriculture and produce high quality vineyards and grapes. We recommend Eagle Haven Winery and Tulip Valley Winery. If you are looking for a brewery you can check out Birdsview Brewery on State Route 20 near Concrete Washington.

 

Other things to do in Skagit Valley can be found below.

Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Watching:

The Skagit River system is home to many year-round resident Bald Eagles but each winter their numbers increase dramatically with the return of spawning salmon. Eagle sightings are abundant

In all, five different species of salmon return to the Skagit River to spawn, then die along the shores of the river. With such an abundance of food during these circle-of-life phenomena, eagles have found the Skagit to be an excellent fishing spot and they literally flock here by the hundreds.

Every year thousands of people visit the Upper Skagit River Valley in northwestern Washington State to observe one of the largest wintering bald eagle populations in the continental United States. Up to 400 bald eagles are counted annually. While eagles can be seen as early as November, or as late as March, the best viewing is from mid-December to mid-February with eagle numbers peaking around Christmas, about three weeks after the large Skagit River chum and silver salmon runs begin.

Eagles were once listed as an endangered species but were recently downgraded to threatened due to a steady rebound in their numbers.
Contact the Skagit River Interpretive Center for more details.

Things in surrounding areas:
Baker Lake
North Cascade National Park
North Cascades Mountain Pass
Ross Dam
Lake Diablo
The Skagit Casino
The Swinomish Casino
Eagle Haven Winery

Skiing & Snowboarding ~ Local residents and visitors alike are just a couple hours from world-class downhill and cross country skiing havens as well as some of the hottest snowboarding venues in the United States.

Snowboarding on Mount Baker ~ For those seeking adventure on the ‘board, nearby Mount Baker is considered the Holy Land of snowboarding; the place where those in the know say the sport was actually invented. If not invented, though, it was at least put on the map by Skagit County natives and pioneer snowboarding legends Craig Kelly of Mount Vernon and Burlington’s own Dan Donnelly. Mount Baker also has miles of ski trails and some of the best powder west of Vail.

Wanting a tamer workout? Try cross country skiing. Aimed at those who prefer to stroll through the snowscape rather than blast by at top speed, all the while taking in the quiet, natural beauty of winter, cross country skiers needn’t go far to enjoy their sport. Rent some skies from one of the local board and ski shops in Burlington then head an hour east on Highway 20 until you find the North Cascades Highway closure. Each winter this highway is shut down until the spring thaw returns and snowplows can once again clear the blacktop. Until then, however, the roadway and forests beyond the gates are open territory for those with an explorer’s heart and a good pair of cross country skies – and it’s FREE!

Local Snowmobile Clubs and contact information

  • Northwest Glacier Cruisers Snowmobile Club ~ Meets first Thursday of each month ~ Skagit PUD Building ~ Freeway Dr. Mount Vernon
    For information contact: Gary Ramsey (360) 757-6837
  • Whatcom County Snowmobile Club ~ For information contact: Mark Gallatin (360) 671-3165
  • Darrington Snow Blazers Snowmobile Club ~ For information contact: Rod Olson (360) 435-331

Camping, Fishing and Hiking ~ Outdoor enthusiasts will find Skagit County to be a gold mine of opportunities and attractions that could quite possibly take an entire lifetime to complete. Dotted with hundreds of lakes and blessed with millions of acres of forest land, Skagit County certainly has something for every outdoor interest, including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, rock-hounding and even paragliding.

Trout, Salmon & Bass ~ Skagit River ~ Fishing is a top attraction. As one of the longest rivers on the West Coast, the Skagit River meanders from its headwaters high in Canada 150 miles to its delta just southwest of the world-famous tulip fields of the Skagit Valley. Five species of salmon call the green serpentine waterway home, returning each year to spawn in the gravel “reds” from Concrete to Marblemount. Every odd year locals celebrate the return of the pink, or “humpy,” salmon by lining the banks of the river and tossing a bright pink Buzz Bomb into the swift current. For the first time in 16 years a healthy return of summer Chinook, or “king,” salmon allowed anglers to wet a line for this prized fish. The river also boasts cutthroat trout and sturgeon.

Area lakes and deep woods bog team with planted and native trout. Each year the Washington State Fish & Game Department stocks local lowland freshwater lakes with thousands of rainbow trout for the annual opening day each April. By August these fish have grown considerably and those elusive enough to avoid fishermen and osprey can often balloon to three or four pounds and a few short seasons. Clear Lake, Lake 16, Lake Erie, Heart Lake and Vogler are some of the more popular fisheries in the county.

Big Lake, a 5-mile-long body of water found 10 minutes southeast of Mount Vernon, is not only a popular water sport lake but is one of this area’s best bass lakes. It is not unusual to find dedicated anglers pulling three or four pound lurkers from the shadows of the Lilly pads.

Take A Hike! ~ Miles of beautiful hiking trails abound in the region and vary widely as far as difficulty. Easier routes are found in the urban zones. In Burlington and further east from Sedro-Woolley, along Highway 20 try the flat Cascade Trail that follows an abandoned railroad line to Concrete. In Mount Vernon drive to the scenic lookout atop Little Mountain where you can park then wander through several miles of trails among tall timbers.

For a stroll through some of the Northwest’s best-preserved forest lands head west to Anacortes where you can enjoy a wide variety of terrain and spectacular views at either Washington Park or nearby Mt. Erie. Tap into a bit of history by heading northwest of Burlington to Blanchard Mountain where one can actually hike part of the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail. Part of this 2,500 mile long trail crosses the Chuckanut Mountains and is a quiet, humbling walk through the woods.

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Park in eastern Skagit County offers the most wide-open experience where hikers can spend several days immersed in nature. Check out for information at the Forest Service web site http://www.fs.fed.us and clicking on the “Find a Forest or Grassland” feature.

Campground Adventures ~ There are many campgrounds for every type of camper as well in Skagit County. Campers can set their tent stakes near mountains, beaches or lakes and enjoy fishing for salmon, bass or trout, or take in a great view and work out on the many hiking trails in the area. Choose tent, RV camping or select a nice resort. The choice is yours to enjoy! Hi Lo Country RV Park in Hamilton is in a great location for all of these activities!