|Description, size, location and components of the estuary|
Grasser's Lagoon estuary covers about 40 acres and is located in the northwest corner of Penn Cove, on the eastern shore of central Whidbey Island.
It has an open water lagoon, mudflats covered with algae, fringing saltmarsh and a beach berm. It is privately owned.
Source of fresh water
There are no streams that enter the lagoon. Fresh water is primarily from surface runoff from the road.
Distichlis spicata, Fucus distichus, Grindelia integrifolia, Mahonia nervosa, Plantago maritime, Rosa pisocarpa, Rubus procerus, Salicomia virginica, Spartina anglica, Symphoricorpos albus, and Triglochin maritimum.
Man made obstructions to the estuary
Rt. 20 provides a barrier on the west and north edges of the lagoon and there has been substantial clearing of vegetation from portions of the buffer. There has been some armoring of the beach.
Description of the historic estuary
This site is largely unchanged from its historic condition.
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