Skagit Outdoors

The start of the new year is a great time to hunt for waterfowl, cast for fish in winter lakes, and enjoy the annual spectacle of bald eagles, snow geese, elk and other wintering wildlife.

Two state Department of Fish & Wildlife officials will take questions from the public in an online open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

MARBLEMOUNT — At Skagit County’s little-known Pressentin Park in Marblemount the landscape is awash in fall colors and the fast-moving Skagit River has turned a rain-fed brown to match.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved razor clam digging through Wednesday after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Some of the state's most popular hunting seasons are either underway or will soon be underway, with hunters taking to the field for deer, elk, ducks, geese and other game birds.

Saltwater anglers will get the opportunity to fish for halibut beginning Thursday.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Riverfront RV Park will close Friday for the rest of the camping season while work is done to improve infrastructure.

Erin McMillan of Sedro-Woolley and her 7-year-old son, Mason, recently found a way to get outside and enjoy nature, have fun and learn something all at once on the Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Not having the necessary outdoor gear used to be a major problem.

In the heat and cool of late spring, our gardens soon become jungles. As you weed, snip, and snack, collections for your home compost are also building.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on proposed rules for this year’s recreational and commercial salmon fishing seasons.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — For a decade, Trek for Treasure participants have overcome plenty of obstacles in their quest to win the competition.

The photography skills of Skagit Valley Herald readers are more and more evident each week. Today, we’ll feature three scenes from the outdoors that illustrate the magic of what’s around us.

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The sun is coming out at the most opportune time as certain outdoor restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic are easing today.

Continued low returns of some key chinook salmon stocks are expected to limit numerous state salmon fisheries for the upcoming season, state fisheries managers announced Monday.