Kiket now a park

Published August 2, 2010 / by Steve Berentson

Kiket Island (center) is now part of Deception Pass State Park. Joint ownership of Kiket Island was made official in June with a signed agreement by the state Parks and Recreation Commission and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Governor Chris Gregoire visited the site on July 30. The tribe and state will co-own and co-manage the island, which will eventually be opened to day use for visitors. The island is now part of Deception Pass State Park and will be accessible to the public after entrances are constructed. The agreement regarding co-management of the island focuses on allowing limited day access to the island while preserving cultural and natural resources on the land, accessible via South Fidalgo Island. According to the Skagit Valley Herald, the state, Swinomish Tribe and the Trust for Public Land gathered grants and donations from a range of sources to purchase the $14 million property from a private owner.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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