Skagit County

Location of Skagit County in Washington StateSkagit County is located in the northwest portion of Washington State.  It is bordered on the west by San Juan County, the north by Whatcom County, the east by Chelan County, the south by Snohomish County and the southwest by Island County.  As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Skagit County had a total land area of 1,731.20 square miles and a population of 116,901.  Mount Vernon is the largest city with a population of 31,743.  Also of interest:

  • Intersecting watershed sub-basins(9):  Methow, Lake Chelan, Strait of Georgia, Nooksack, Upper Skagit, Sauk, Lower Skagit, Stillaguamish and Puget Sound.
  • Major lakes:  Lake Shannon, Lake Cavanaugh and Big Lake.
  • Major rivers:  Skagit River, Samish River, Cascade River, Sauk River, Suiattle River and S. Fork Nooksack River. 
  • Mount Buckner (9,114 feet) is part of the North Cascades and the highest point in Skagit County.

U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts for Skagit County, WA

Office of Financial Management (OFM) county data for Skagit County, WA


Hansen Creek Alluvial Fan and Wetland restoration project (Poster #1)

Hansen Creek alluvial fan and wetland restoration project

Habitat restoration was undertaken in 2009-2010 on lower Hansen Creek, Washington. The project converted 140 acres of isolated floodplain into 53 acres of alluvial fan and 87 acres of flow-through wetlands.

Report cover photo by Victor Mesny.

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the North Cascades Region, Washington

A 2014 report by the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership identifies climate change issues relevant to resource management in the North Cascades, and recommends solutions that will facilitate the transition of the diverse ecosystems of this region into a warmer climate.

Coastal Management journal cover

A Complex Tool for a Complex Problem: Political Ecology in the Service of Ecosystem Recovery

This paper appears in the July 2014 issue of the journal Coastal Management, which focuses on the role of social sciences in Puget Sound ecosystem recovery.


Envision Skagit

Envision Skagit is a partnership between Skagit County and various local and regional organizations. The county is using a land use model as a tool to engage the community about natural resource planning and decisions. 


Photos: Swinomish shellfish harvesting and research

Browse a collection of shellfish photos provided by the Swinomish Tribe.

Juvenile Manila clams. Photo: Julie Barber

Extended abstract— Poisoning the body to nourish the soul: Prioritising health risks and impacts in a Native American community

This is an extended abstract of Poisoning the body to nourish the soul: Prioritising health risks and impacts in a Native American community by Jamie L. Donatuto, Terre A. Satterfield and Robin Gregory. The full article was published in Health, Risk & Society, Vol. 13, No. 2, April 2011, 103–127. The extended abstract was prepared for the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound by Jamie L. Donatuto. 


2010 Census Quick Facts for Skagit County, WA

Learn more about demographics in Skagit County, Washington.  The U.S. Census Bureau published the following quick facts.