Posts Tagged ‘Blanchard Forest Block’

DNR’s Samish Overlook popular for its views and recreation opportunities

June 25, 2013
Samish Bay Overlook

View of Samish Bay from the Samish Overlook and Day-Use Area, managed by DNR. Photo DNR.

Samish Overlook Day-Use Area in the Blanchard Forest Block, south of Bellingham, offers stunning views of the San Juan Islands. It is also is a place where hikers, paragliders, and equestrian riders have joined forces by contributing hundreds of hours of their personal time to preserve this beautiful recreation area. See photos from our 2013 National Trails Day Event in Blanchard Forest Block.

Each year, an estimated 40,000 visitors come to Samish Overlook to picnic and enjoy the view. The overlook is also a popular jumping-off spot for hang gliders and paragliders. DNR-managed lands provide 1,100 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.

Download a recreation and trails map for the Blanchard Forest Block.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Work ‘event’ targets trails in Blanchard Forest Block

December 16, 2011

Wanted: A few good volunteers to work with DNR and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association to help improve trails in the Blanchard Forest Block.

When: Now through December 23

What: Help widen trails, clean and repair water control features, clear brush, and do other light-to-medium maintenance tasks.

Where: The Blanchard Forest Block is located in the northwest part of Skagit County, between Samish Bay and I-5.

Contact: For more information and details about where to meet up, contact David Way at 360-854-2830.

Discover PassThis work party is eligible for a volunteer voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

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