Sunday, July 15, 2012

No. 73 English Boom Park

English Boom Historical Park is a hidden gem of public land on the north shore of Camano Island. This six-acre park overlooks the mud flats of Skagit Bay, and has 900 feet of waterfront. The park contains a scenic trail that wind through a salt marsh. The habitat is perfect for supporting diverse bird life, including eagles, herons, and falcons. Not surprisingly, this is a favorite place for birdwatching groups.

Getting There 
To get to English Boom Historical Park take Hwy 532 onto Camano Island, and turn north on Good Rd, which becomes Utsalady Rd. Turn right on Moore Rd (at Camano Island Airfield) and follow the road to the end.

English Boom Shelter
Shelter and Information Board at English Boom
English Boom
East end of English Boom
East Side of English Boom
The tidelands and shoreline at English Boom are part of what were once large log storage yards called log booms. In the 1920s and 30s the English Lumber Company logged the upland forests east of Stanwood and Mt. Vernon, transporting the timber by rail to the Tom Moore Slough at Milltown. There the Tom Moore Boom Company sorted, graded, and rafted the logs so that tugboats could haul them to sawmills all over Puget Sound.For a time, the Tom Moore Boom Company employed up to 20 men and stored as many as 15 million board feet of logs in booms. The log boom was closed in 1945 when the English Lumber Company was sold to the Puget Sound Pulp & Timber Company.Purchase of the land for the English Boom Historical Park was made possible through the efforts and sponsorship of Friends of Camano Island Parks. The property was acquired in 1997 and was the first public park property on Camano Island purchased with Island County Conservation Futures Funds.

English Boom
Remnants of Old English Boom

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