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Last update: January 9, 2021


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.

Samish Island Directories

This is the time to submit your order for your 2021 Island Directory, before January 31. Please use the donation and directory order form, attached to the January ShoreLines. Each directory is $5. Please enclose a check and send it to SICC, P.O. Box 268, Bow, WA 98232. Any donation you would like to make to the SICC, is also very welcome. We have fixed costs for our community center, and rentals are on hold, due to the pandemic. Thanks in advance for your support. 1/9/21

January Samish ShoreLines Newsletter

Happy New Year to all! Here is the newsletter for January, thanks to Charlene Day, our editor this month. May your new year be blessed with good health and good fortune. 1/1/21

December Samish ShoreLines Newsletter

The December newsletter is now online, and published to the Samish Neighbors egroup, and Samish Next Door group. Best of the season to all our neighbors! 11/30/20

Holiday Cheer and Decor for your Mailboxes

We encourage all who can, to decorate your mailboxes, doors or other things, for holiday greetings to all your neighbors. Directions for making Bows, Wreaths and Swags. Enjoy the season! 11/30/20

Tsunami Prep

Hans Kahl of Skagit County’s  Department of Emergency Management is inviting  everyone on Samish Island to join a webinar on December 3rd at 6 p.m. for information on tsunamis and what we could expect to happen in our area in case of a tsunami. More info on this pdf file... 11/24/20

Need Samish Island Gifts for Friends and Family?

A Drive-Up Holiday Kickoff is planned for Saturday, November 28, 9am to noon. You can drive into the SICC parking lot, stay in your car, fill out the order form, put on your mask, and someone will pick your order form (you can ask to see samples if needed). We will deliver your order to your car. Payment with cash or check only. 11/21/20

Items Available this year (see photo):

Samish Neighbors e-group

We have completed our transition to Google Groups, and have nearly 400 members. If you did not receive an email relating to this on Saturday, Nov 14, we may have missed you! To join (or rejoin) the Samish Neighbors group, please send an email request to, giving full name(s), property address on the island, and the email address(es) you would like to add. It is a great way to keep in contact. You can also let us know if you want to change email addresses at this time. 11/15/20

November Samish ShoreLines Newsletter

The November ShoreLines Newsletter is published online today, thanks to this month's editor Charlene Day. Read it here, or on the e-groups Samish Neighbors, Samish Info, or on Samish Next Door. 10/31/20

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 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

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.  

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.

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.

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.