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October-November 2012

Nakashima Trailhead Entry & BarnDedication of the Nakashima Barn and

North Centennial Trail Trailhead

Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. 

32328 State Route 9, Arlington


Please join representatives from the Snohomish County Executive Office, elected officials and the Snohomish County Trail Coalition in celebrating the opening of the Nakashima Heritage Barn and North Trailhead.


Park it Here!
    Check out Kayak Kottage --
it's not just for summer!

     It's raining with a chance of snow and the holidays are just around the corner.  So let's go camping!  Not such a nutty idea if you're relaxing in the Kottage at Kayak Point County Park.    
  Built in the 1930's as the caretaker's residence for Kayak Resort, our three-bedroom vacation cottage was renovated in 2006.  Watch winter storms from the covered porch, or come inside to mission-style furnishings, bright colors, and a cushy couch set before a warm pellet stove and flat-panel TV.
     It begs for a warm cup of cocoa and a good book, movie, or board game. Kids will long remember the knotty pine paneled upstairs with beds built into the walls. Everyone will remember meals prepared in the spacious kitchen that includes a full complement of appliances, dishes, and cookware. 
     Take a hike down one of the trails to explore  3,000 feet of beachfront, fish from the pier, or scramble upon the playground toys. 

Kayak Point Park campsite
Kayak Point Park campground now offers water hookups year-round with the addition of frost-free spigots this year. 


Value season camping rates are now in effect. View our facilities at or reserve at


Fair Foundation Holiday Bazaar

Commercial Building, Evergreen State Fairgrounds


Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 


For more information or to reserve a booth, contact Ann Muchoney at (425) 319-2933
Events and Recreation activities

Martial Arts classes:  


Current events


Evergreen State Fairgrounds:


Evergreen Speedway:


Adopt-A-Stream classes:



Our reservation system at now has pictures of our campgrounds and some sites.


Video of crabs feeding at Kayak Point Park

by Lars Teigen.  


Room Rentals for Holiday events

>Weikel Room at Willis Tucker Park: 

>Evergreen Events Center; large or small buildings; rooms with plenty of parking and easy access: 360-805-6706. 


Business proposals solicited

If you or someone you know has an interest in submitting a business proposal in a county park or trail, submit proposals to Snohomish County Purchasing Division, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett WA 98201, attention Don Wolfe, Senior Buyer,, 425-388-3453 until Dec. 21, 2012.

Parks system benefits from Eagle Scout projects 

Eagle Scouts Derrick Mann and Josh Watson recently completed remarkable projects in two county parks.  


Derrick Mann Eagle Scout Project Derrick Mann, a member of troop #525, completed an elevated 150-foot walking/biking trail ladder bridge at Paradise Valley Conservation Area in July, enhancing the area for visitors. 


The bridge was completed with the help of Derrick's troop and other community members. Derrik raised $1,020 to pay for the project and obtained donations of cedar rounds from a local biker and refreshments for voluteers who helped him complete his project (245 total project hours). 


Josh Watson Eagle Scout Project 

Josh Watson completed his project in Sept. He built a concrete picnic table and pad at Sunset Beach County Park.


The project included fundraising in the amount of $1,500 for gravel, concrete and picnic table. Project Installation involved 34 Volunteers and a cumulative 85 man hours with a total of 114 project hours.


Josh resides in Lake Stevens and is a member of Troop #42.

Adopt-A-Stream project makes it easier for salmon to get up stream 

Adopt A Stream Foundation (AASF) recently removed  an old road resting on collapsing concrete culverts crossing Little Bear Creek in Woodinville.  

The rarely used road and crumbling pipes blocked the path of migrating salmon, especially during low water periods.
This action makes it easier for salmon to migrate upstream into Snohomish County where approximately 70% of the watershed is located.


Sockeye salmon are now  using the new stream bed that replaced the pipes as a spawning ground. After it starts to rain, the side slopes of the new channel will be planted with over 1000 shrubs and trees to complete this restoration effort. Click here to see the site as it looked on Oct. 1. 

Streamkeeper Academy class

Jr. Streamkeepers learn how a watershed works

Second and third graders recently attended a Junior Streamkeeper class where they learned what a watershed is and how it functions.  

The aluminum foil in the picture above was molded over a cooking pan in the shape of a watershed. Then students put food coloring (blue representing oil, red representing toxic waste, and green representing fertilizers/pesticides, and herbicides) on the watershed and sprayed water (a simulated rainstorm) on the watershed, and observed the pollution running "downstream" to a pool at the lower end of the watershed.


Using this approach, the students "got it" and are now able to explain the definition of a watershed to "old-timers." 



Campsite Reservations/Picnic Shelters/ Room Rentals:  online / 425-388-6600  / 
Ballfields/Volunteers/ Recreation/McCollum Pool :  360-805-6753  
Fairgrounds RV Parking:  
Evergreen Fairgrounds:  360-805-6700  /
Contact Information:

County Executive:  /  425-388-3879 

Department Director:  /  425-388-6600