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Last update: October 6, 2020


The Samish Island website is owned and operated by the Samish Island Community Center (SICC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Skagit County, Washington, USA. SICC collects no data or information about users of this site. Welcome all.

The Samish Island Community Garden

The community garden (aka "Samish Island Acres") has outdone itself in donations to the Food Distribution Center this year. The year to date total is 2722 pounds! This year, especially during Covid19, our donations were essential to many people, as food prices have risen steeply. The mission of the community garden is to help others who need good food to stay healthy. We thank our workers for their kind and compassionate contributions of time, produce and hard work. 10/6/20

October Shorelines Newsletter

This month's Samish Shorelines is posted online today, and to the e-groups. Enjoy the autumn weather. 10/1/20

Community Center Rentals

SICC has determined that we will not have rentals at the Community Center for the forseeable future. Skagit County is still in Phase 2, with recommendation of no more than five people at any social gathering. Phase 3 will have no more than 30 people at any social gathering, (recently reduced), so renting the community hall is still tentative at present. See more in the October Shore Lines. 10/1/20

Samish Island Rainfall total for 2019-2020

Robert Lord's rainfall data for Samish Island (September 2019 to Sept 2020): 38.833 inches, fairly normal for our part of the Northwest Coast. 9/25/20

Samish Shore Lines, September

September is here, and so is the newest Shorelines. You can also find it on the e-groups (Neighbors, Info and Next Door). Be well, and enjoy the fall. 9/2/20

Samish Island Directory

The 2020 Samish Island Directory is available to Island residents/property owners by mail. Send your request with $6 to SICC at P.O. Box 268, Bow, WA 98232 and provide a mailing address. 8/3/20

Samish Shore Lines - August

The newest Shore Lines is online today, and published to the e-groups, Samish Neighbors, Samish Info, and Samish Next Door. 8/1/20

Samish Shore Lines News for July

The newest Shore Lines is online today, and published to the e-groups, Samish Neighbors, Samish Info, and Samish Next Door. 7/1/20

Covid-19 Cancellations in the community include:

Camp Samish Closed to All

The camp is following the Governor's Guidelines for State Parks and Private Campgrounds, due to the CoronaVirus Emergency. There will be no access to the property on the island, during this time, either by Church Camps, or by visitors. The camp will review their guidelines in the fall to determine the next course of action. In the meantime, please follow these guidelines, and do not walk around Freestad Lake, through the forest, the field along Blue Heron, or through the Camp at any time until the camp determines the next steps in the fall of 2020. 3/30/20

Fire Department Request: Vegetation Along Driveways

From the Fire Chief: I have observed that many Samish Island homes have overgrown vegetation and trees along their driveways.  This has become a growing concern due to the twelve foot tall by twelve foot wide clearance needed for the new Samish Island fire truck.  Our new fire truck has traded a shorter wheel base in exchange for a taller profile.  It will slow down our response if your driveway has branches hanging in the way of our fire crews as they drive down your driveway to your emergency.  Please check your driveway clearance and remove branches that could impede our quick response.  While you are outside check that your house numbers are clearly visible from the road in both directions and on your house.  10/29/19

Invasive Species

Here is a list of declared invasive species (pdf), from the Skagit Land Trust, that might be useful to home gardeners or islanders. 9/18/19

Community Garden

If you enjoy growing food for personal use and helping others, consider joining the Samish Island Community Garden, at the end of Blue Heron Road. Cost to join is $25 for individual, $50 family. Members harvest for themselves, and the garden contributes weekly to the Food Bank Distribution Center in Sedro Woolley, for those in need. Contact: Linda Larson 766-6600 for more information. 4/25/19

Complaint form for Tanker off-gassing odors (Northwest Clean Air Agency)

If you smell noxious gas odors from tankers in Samish Bay, during the spring and summer, fill out the online form below, to report it. Some days it goes beyond bad, to completely unhealthy and unbreathable air, putting residents and pets at risk. Community meetings are being planned, exploring some form of action, whether county, legislative, or legal action. More info..

Complaint Form: You can also call the Northwest Clean Air Agency and leave a phone message: 360-428-1617. 3/31/19

Tanker Air Polluters

You can find out which tankers are in our bays on this real-time site, called Live Ships Map. Ships in Samish Bay, are destined for March or Cherry Points. It helps if you can pinpoint which ship is off-gassing when you make a report. 3/31/19

Staying in Touch through e-Groups:

We have two groups sponsored by SICC: The first - and most popular - is for neighborly sharing, borrowing stuff, selling stuff, asking questions, reporting various problems, and emergency island information, called Samish Neighbors.

The second e-group is for people who don't want a lot of neighborly info, just essential and emergency information (like floods, road conditions, emergency weather conditions, and also The Shore Lines Newsletter). This Group is called Samish Info. You can join either group by clicking on Groups (on the site index above left), then click on E-Groups and read instructions. If you need help, contact our webmaster, 1/4/19

Samish Island shoreline photos

You can see various years of Samish Island shoreline photos, taken by the State Department of Ecology, from 1976 to 2017 at this Shoreline Photo Viewer. 10/31/18

Community Center Rentals

Center rentals are currently on hold for the duration of Covid-19. When the governor gives the ok, the board will reconsider all options available.

Have a gathering planned that's too large for the size of your home? Consider using the community center for your event. Islander/Member daily rate: $100. Off-Islanders, with an island sponsor, daily rate: $125. The Community center holds 100 people for meetings, less for sit-down dinners.. More info..