Kukutali Preserve is open to the public! Made up of Kiket Island and Flagstaff Point, the Kukutali Preserve is a part of Deception Pass State Park that is jointly owned by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Washington State Parks. The tombola between Fidalgo Island and the Kukutali Preserve has been removed, turning Kiket back into an island. Flagstaff Island is still connected to Kiket Island by a natural tombola. The area is day use only, open dawn to dusk. No domesticated pets or livestock are permitted in the Kukutali Preserve. When visiting the preserve, a visitor should be aware of tidal influences as the access point to Kiket Island will be under water during high tide.
Access to Flagstaff Point is restricted because of the fragile nature of the rocky bald environment and the species that live there.
The Kukutali Preserve is situated at the mouth of Similk Bay to the east of Deception Pass. More than two miles of intact shoreline and a small (but environmentally vital) lagoon surround the 84 upland acres of mixed deciduous and conifer forests, significant old growth trees, and rare “rocky balds.” The Preserve and its surrounding tidelands are home to numerous endangered and threatened species.
Please find out more at Skagit Valley Herald: Kukutali Preserve opens to the public