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Last update: June 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 ShoreLines, June issue

The June issue is posted on Samish-Neighbors e-group, the web page, and Samish Next Door. Happy solstice this month, plus enjoy these great summer flowers - iris, peonies, roses, callas, and many many others are out now! 6/1/21

Tsunami Preparation

The webinar last week can be viewed here: Here are some follow through points. Please take time to view this webinar, and include your children, and then practice how to get safe and stay safe in case of any emergency.

1. Make sure to know how to get to higher ground and actually practice it while walking since the roadway may be closed due to downed trees or wires or other damage from the earthquake.  Think about this for your work site, or for when shopping, or visiting friends.  Be aware.

2. Choose an out-of-state friend or relative to designate as the contact person for all family members in case of an emergency, since local contacts may be disrupted but you may be able to reach an out-of-area person who can be the go-between to let everyone know who has checked in and what their situation is.  Sometimes texting can get through when a phone call cannot.

3.Be prepared to survive on your own for up to a week or two.  That means food, water, prescriptions (for people and pets), batteries, animal food, heat, etc.,and perhaps you will not able to get home for a while if you are at work or elsewhere when disaster happens.

4. Make arrangements with any neighbor who is not able to get out on their own to help them get to higher ground.

5. And be sure to sign up  with Department of Emergency Management for notifications on your  phone.

Samish Island Yard Sale: June 19th, 8am to 2pm

Register by June 5th to be in the Yard sale June 19, and on the Yard Sale map. You can register or ask questions by emailing Amy Colvin ( or Joan Tezak ( The entry fee of $10 covers advertising, route maps, and a returnable pink flamingo. Send checks made out to SICC, to Amy Colvin, 10641 Samish Island Road, Bow, WA 98232. 5/30/21

Samish Island Guest Houses, 2021

If you have visitors this year with limited room at your house, there are 19 guest houses on Samish Island. Most book through AirBNB and VRBO; some have their own websites. The list is available as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF file. Prices were accurate as of May 21, 2021. Each guesthouse is linked to its booking page. Report incorrect information to

All guest houses have "house rules" which include no access to neighboring properties, docks or boats, no parties or events, and quiet hours. Owners might consider giving neighbors their text# to report any issues. 5/22/21

May ShoreLines Newsletter

The May newsletter is online today, and in the Samish Neighbors email. It will be also available on Samish Next Door. 5/2/21

Conserving the Entrance to Samish Island

Skagit Land Trust has purchased the 50 acres of wetland and dike along the road on the west side of the road near the island. Plans are for trails, educational opportunities to study wetlands, quiet recreational pursuits such as bird-watching, beach-walking, etc. Stay tuned as we know more. 5/1/21

April ShoreLines Newsletter

The Samish ShoreLines Newsletter is online today; also on the email groups - Samish-Neighbors and Samish Next Door. Happy Spring to all. 4/31/21

Samish ShoreLines - March issue

The March issue is published today on the Samish Neighbors e-group, and the web page. Enjoy this season of winter- flowering plants. Spring is coming! 3/1/21

Happy Valentine's Month!


Happy Valentines to all Islanders, from Chuck & Marnie Pennington.

Since the holiday lights are all put away, we were inspired to make a "heartfelt gift" in the garden for this Valentine month... Each evening we'll post a picture and a special love note on the Samish-neighbors email group. 2/3/21

ShoreLines News: February

The February Samish ShoreLines Newsletter is on the website today, and in your Samish Neighbor's email.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Community Club to maintain our center, or purchase a directory, please fill out the donation and directory order form.

Celebrating this month: Valentines Day and President's Day. 2/1/21

Samish Neighbors Email Group

Islanders and property owners who would like to join the Samish Neighbor's email group may join here. 2/1/21

Articles about Herons and Eagles

You might enjoy reading these recent articles about our local herons and eagles: The Bird That Builds Nests Right By Its Worst Enemy, in the Atlantic magazine; and a similiar story in the Hakai magazine. Thanks to Fred Miller for drawing our attention to these articles. 1/26/21

Migratory waterfowl (duck hunting) season closes January 31

No more sounds of guns from the hunt club in Alice Bay after next Sunday, January 31. Season opens again in October. 1/26/21

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. For past issues of the ShoreLines, please check here. 1/1/21

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

Covid-19 Cancellations in the community include:

Camp Samish Closed to All

The Camp is closed to all visitors for the duration of Covid-19 restrictions. This is a decision of the Community of Christ World Church regarding all their church and camp properties. 3/30/20

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.