PICTURE THE SAMISH RIVER
The Samish River is only 25 miles long but contains numerous different types of habitat – from open fishing habitat to winding stream-like habitat shaded by trees and often blocked by log jams and beaver dams. Record King Salmon have been taken from the lower river while the upper – where we live – is more conducive to kayaking and hiking.
On a good day the upper river will yield its share of trout but restrictions requiring barbless hooks and banning live bait make it a real challenge. Other wildlife is in abundance. While we get few deer or bear we have populations of beaver, blue heron, eagles in the winter and spawning salmon in the fall. Although the salmon run has been drastically reduced by over-fishing in general and an increase in water temperature.
The lower area of the river also floods. This is never a danger in the upper river since there are wetlands and bogs to absorb most of the increased flow. Below are two images of the 2009 flood. In mid-picture is Avon-Allen.