|Description, size, location and components of the estuary|
Point is approximately 13 acres and is located on the northern
tip of Camano Island, east of Brown Point. It is owned
by a homeowners association. It consists of a small
marsh with a narrow opening to Skagit Bay at its east end.
The prevailing currents are slowly closing the opening that
connects the marsh to the marine waters.
Spartina is also clogging this channel. This rapidly reducing opening limits the tidal circulation in the marsh. Mostly brackish and fresh water marsh lies behind a man-made dike. Saltmarsh with small areas of mudflat and open water lie outside the dike. Spartina covers over 50% of the marsh (as of June 2001).
Source of fresh water
The marsh receives some fresh water from runoff from the steep slope and also surface runoff from the developed areas on the beach berm. There is a buried culvert through the dike plus some seepage which allows additional fresh water to flow through to the open salt water.
Acer macrophyllum, Amelanchier alnifolia, Cytisus scoparius, Distichlis spicata, Elymus spp., Gaultheria shallon, Grindelia integrifolia, Holodiscus discolor, Juncus balticus, Mahonia nervosa, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Rosa nutkana, Salix spp., Spartina alterniflora, Triglochin maritimum, and Typha latifolia.
Man made obstructions to the estuary
Some of the marsh has been filled to provide access for several houses that extend over most of the beach berm. A dike runs through the middle of the marsh from north to south.
Description of the historic estuary
The entire wetland was probably saltmarsh prior to the dike construction.
Island County Estuarine Restoration Program
Prepared by Sheldon & Associates, Inc., June 2001
Puget Sound Creosote Awareness project
Whidbey Island Estuaries
- 1. Crescent Harbor Marsh
- 2. Crockett Lake
- 3. Cultus Bay
- 4. Deer Lagoon
- 5. Dugualla Lake
- 6. Freeland Park
- 7. Grasser's Lagoon
- 8. Greenbank Farm
- 9. Harrington Lagoon
- 10. Kennedy Lagoon
- 11. Lake Hancock
- 12. Maxwelton Estuary
- 13. Race Lagoon
- 14. Swantown Lake