"Itinerary 3: Wildlife Adventures - Nisqually Wildlife Refuge & NW Trek
Day 1: Mount St. Helens & Wolfhaven (100 miles)
Day 2: Nisqually Wildlife Refuge & NW Trek (75 miles)
Day 3: Issaquah/Snoqualmie Falls, Padilla Bay National Marine Reserve (110 miles)
Day 4: Whale Watching/Nature Cruise San Juan Islands
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery:
The most-visited hatchery in the state,
operated as a partnership between the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife and the Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH).
The best time to visit is Sept.-Oct., when the salmon return to
the hatchery when as many as 20,000 salmon may return before runs end in Dec.
The facility is open year-round and has very good interpretive signs and displays to
help guests learn about all things salmon.
Lunch: Salish Lodge
Take in the spectacular views at Snoqualmie Falls where you
will find a two-acre park, hiking trail, observation deck, gift shop, and the famous 270 foot waterfall.
Padilla Bay National Marine Reserve:
This pristine estuary is one of the best places in the
Puget Sound to view many species of birds. A high observation deck offers spectacular views and
an interpretive center includes exhibits, indoor aquariums, and theater.
Take Interstate 5 North from Seattle or South from Bellingham to exit 230, just north of Mount Vernon. Take Highway 20 West toward Anacortes about 6 miles. Turn right at stop light onto Bay View-Edison Road (Farm House Inn Restaurant is at this intersection). Drive north about five miles, past Bay View State Park. The Breazeale Interpretive Center will be on your right, 1/4 mile past the state park.
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,
10441 Bayview-Edison Road,
Mount Vernon, WA 98273-9668