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Last update: January 26, 2021

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Samish Island Fire Department #5

The volunteer fire department provides emergency services on the island. Read more...

Samish Farms Water Association

A board of directors elected from water share holders, monitors contaminates in our drinking water, along with Skagit County P.U.D. and manages water needs for the island. Visit their web page for additional information.


Community Center

The Samish Island Community Center offers various services to island residents. Check the SICC page for additional information.

Other Community Services

Phone Service | Mail Service | Cable Service | Waste Disposal | Energy | Schools | Hospitals | Bus Service | Libraries | Public Boat Launches | Real Estate | Animal Control

Phone service: Land line service is provided by Frontier. Verizon also provides landline service, through their satellites. Cell service is available through Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and other carriers. Check with nearby residents to find best reception in your neighborhood. Not all services work in some areas.

Mail Delivery: The post office for Samish Island is located at Bow, Washington, zip 98232. Mail is delivered weekdays and Saturday (sometimes dependent upon carrier vacation days and ability to cover routes).

Television and high speed Internet is provided by Wavecable. DISH network offers satellite TV service through Frontier or local vendors. DirecTV satellite service is offered through a membership at Costco or through local vendors. High-speed wired and wireless internet service are available. Check the Samish Neighbors group to see what is being discussed.


Waste, Garbage: All homes on the island have septic systems, for which Skagit County requires regular maintenance and inspections. This annual or regular service should be figured into the household budget. Garbage and recycling services are available on the island through Waste Management, Inc.

Energy: Electric service is through Puget Sound Energy. Propane is available from various suppliers in Skagit& Whatcom Counties. There is no natural gas service. Solar power is of growing interest to islanders.

Schools: Students on the island attend the Burlington-Edison School District. Elementary students attend Edison Elementary K-8 and high school students attend Burlington Edison High School.

Hospitals: Samish Island is in hospital district #304, served by PeaceHealth United General
Medical Center
(formerly known as United General Hospital) in Sedro-Woolley. Two other hospitals are also located in Skagit County - Skagit Valley Hospital, and Island Hospital in Anacortes.You are not limited to a particular hospital.

Transportation: Skagit Transit or SKAT, is available only from Edison. For occasional neighborly requests, say a ride to town, you can post a message on the Samish Neigbors email group "is anyone going to _ tomorrow?" There is no longer handicapped transport from the island to town via Skagit Transit. Care-E-Me and other non-emergency medical transport is available.

Library: Samish Island does not belong to any library district, like most of our municipal (i.e. city ) libraries. There is unfortunately no county-wide library system like many counties provide. Residents of the island who wish to use library services must pay "non-resident user fees" to borrow from nearby municipal libraries (Mount Vernon, La Conner, Burlington, Anacortes, etc). Check these links to libraries. And now,we luckily have our own "Little Free Library" at the corner of Roney and Halloran for you to borrow books from an enclosed stand to bring home, to donate to, or to share with other islanders!

The good news is that we have a Little Free Library on the island, located at the corner of Roney and Halloran Rd. Bring a book, take a book, everything is free. No checkouts, return later or contribute another title.


Boat Launches: There are no public boat launches on Samish Island. The nearest public boat launch is at Bayview, with others located at the Swinomish Boat Launch below the Duane Berentson bridge, one in La Conner under the Rainbow Bridge, and one at Washington Park in Anacortes.

Real Estate and Homes for Sale: There are various "Multiple listings services" for Skagit County or Whatcom County which list Samish Island homes and real estate for sale. The island is considered part of Bow, Washington for postal and other services. and also list homes for sale in the area - type 98232 or Bow, WA in search field.

Animal Control: If you see farm animals wandering about the island, try contacting the owner first, if known. Perhaps a gate was left open by accident. If you don't know, or receive no response, report the animal(s) to 911, and again to Animal Control, 360-428-3211.  This has been Animal Control's recommended procedure for Samish Islanders for the past several years, and includes horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, goats, sheep, swine, large birds, or any other animals. Washington State Law holds the owner responsible for any damage to other's property. 8/19/09

On-Island Services

Residents who provide services to island residents, may list their cottage service or business in the Island Directory. This is done yearly, in January, by filling out your dues card and directory listing. Send your dues & form to SICC as directed on the form. This Feature now replaces the business page on the website. Businesses may not advertise on the e-group or on the Island Bulletin Board near the island entrance.