Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every full weekend in January. Please note that some activities are repeated each weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday; other events are one-time only, offered on a Saturday and/or Sunday during specific weekends.

Every Weekend” Activities & Events

Information Station: Skagit Eagle Festival
Concrete Center – 45821 Railroad Ave, Concrete
Saturdays only — 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Craft vendors, festival souvenirs, maps, schedules, directions, restrooms, and free coffee.
concretechamber@gmail.com
(360) 853-8784

Little Eaglet Drop-in Craft
Upper Skagit Library – 45770B Main Street, Concrete
Saturdays only: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Families with young children are invited to learn about eagles and other wildlife through stories, songs, and a simple craft.
www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us
(360) 853-7939

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center
Howard Miller Steelhead Park – 52809 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport
Saturdays & Sundays — 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn about eagles, watershed issues, and local, natural and cultural history.
srbeatic@frontier.com
www.skagiteagle.org
(360) 853-7626

Forest Service Eagle Watcher Stations
Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Sutter Creek Rest Area (MP100), & Marblemount Fish Hatchery
Saturdays and Sundays through January 21st (daylight hours)
Eagle Watcher volunteers can answer your questions about bald eagles, salmon and the Skagit watershed. They’ll have binoculars and high-quality spotting scopes available for your use.
tkitterman@fs.fed.us
www.skagiteaglewatchers.wordpress.com
(360) 854-2630

Deep Forest Experience
Rockport State Park – 51095 State Route 20, Rockport
Friday – Sunday, December – February
Park hours: 8:00 a.m. – dusk
Free guided tours every hour 11:00 am.m – 2:00 p.m.
This forest tour will take you deep into the 670 acres of old-growth forest of Rockport State Park at the foot of Sauk Mountain. Tours are 30-60 minutes. Discover Pass required.
rockport@parks.wa.gov
www.parks.state.wa.us/574/rockport
(360) 853-8461

Skagit River Eagle Viewing & Photography Tours
Skagit River Eagle Tours
7349 Ranger Station Rd, Marblemount
Experience a premier 3-hour in heated drift boats with high-backed cushioned seats. Reservations required.
skagitguide1@gmail.com
www.skagiteagles.com
(888) 6-SKAGIT or (888) 675-2448

January 6 Activities (Weekend 1)

5K Salmon Run and Nature Walk @ Double O Ranch
46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Rd, Concrete
9:30 a.m. – 5K Registration
10:00 a.m. – 5K Run
Walk anytime between 9:30 a.m. – noon
Unique 5K trail run that takes you through a beautiful ranch and along the Skagit River.
Entry fee of $20 includes a knit fleece-lined hat, healthy snacks, bonfire and cocoa.
Not a runner? Join in a free family-friendly nature walk to look for eagles, osprey, deer, elk, and beaver.
Co-Sponsored by Concrete Chamber of Commerce, Ovenell’s Heritage Inn, and Community Bible Church of Concrete.
We look forward to seeing you on the trail!!

(360) 853-8494 or (360) 466-8754

Free Presentation:
“The Recovery of the Magnificent Bald Eagles of Washington and British Columbia”

Concrete Theatre – 45920 Main Street, Concrete
1:30 p.m.
David Hancock is a biologist, conservationist, writer, and creator of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.
www.hancockwildlife.org
valerie@concrete-theatre.com
(360) 466-8754

Wildlife Hayride & Campfire
Double O Ranch – 46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road, Concrete
3:00 p.m.
An educational hayride through 250 acres of timber, pasture, and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project. See eagles, deer, elk, and more. Learn about our conservation projects, selective timber harvesting, and see how wildlife habitat is enhanced by our ranching practices. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies by the fire. Children’s wildlife footprints matching game and ranch history display. Pets must remain in car. Activity is weather dependent. Dress for the weather! Please check our website for activity updates. Free.
breakfast@ovenells-inn.com,
www.ovenells-inn.com
(360) 853-8494

January 13 Activities (Weekend 2)

Native American History, Storytelling & More
Marblemount Community Hall – 60055 State Route 20, Marblemount
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Indian Tacos and Fry Bread available for sale 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Native history, storytelling, and music featuring…
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Rosy Cayou of Guemes Island
Historian and Legend storyteller of the Samish Indian Nation, along with Indian Drummer Tsul-Ton from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe / Samish Indian Nation Sharing History and legends of the Northwest Ecosystem through stories and song.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm — Peter Ali of Berber and Yaqui Indian heritage (as well as Spanish and Italian descent)
A self-taught Native American Flutist, creating music not from notes but from a spirit within. Each performance is unique; he plays a variety of native flutes and shares their stories of his rich ethnic heritage.
Free admission. Donations appreciated.
Coordinator: Kathy Hunter – (360) 770-3173 kathy_hunter@hotmail.com
Marblemount Community Hall – (360) 873-2323


Free Photo Presentation & Discussion: “A Walk on the Wild Side”
Concrete Theatre – 45920 Main Street, Concrete
11:00 a.m.
Leah Serna discusses her travels through Canada, Idaho, Montana and beyond to capture her images of grizzlies, moose, and wolves.
www.leahsernaphotography.com
Valerie@concrete-theatre.com (360) 466-8754

 

 


Wildlife Hayride & Campfire

Double O Ranch – 46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road, Concrete
3:00 p.m.
An educational hayride through 250 acres of timber, pasture, and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project. See eagles, deer, elk, and more. Learn about our conservation projects, selective timber harvesting, and see how wildlife habitat is enhanced by our ranching practices. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies by the fire. Children’s wildlife footprints matching game and ranch history display. Pets must remain in car. Activity is weather dependent. Dress for the weather! Please check our website for activity updates. Free.
breakfast@ovenells-inn.com
www.ovenells-inn.com
(360) 853-8494

January 20 Activities (Weekend 3)

Free Workshop: “Wilderness Photography”
Concrete Theatre – 45920 Main Street, Concrete
11:00 a.m.
Photographer Andy Porter (www.andyporterimages.com) will discuss subject placement,
the Rule of Thirds, use of leading lines, framing, reflections and much more.
Free admission.

Valerie@concrete-theatre.com (360) 466-8754

January 27 Activities (Weekend 4)

Sarvey Raptor Presentation!
Concrete High School Gymnasium – 7830 S. Superior Avenue, Concrete
Saturday, January 27
11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife in Puget Sound. Their Birds of Prey presentation will give you the chance to see 5 or more of these raptors up close.
Free admission.
concretechamber@gmail.com
(360) 853-8784

Free Workshop: “Creating Magical Moments with Bird Photography”
Concrete Theatre – 45920 Main Street, Concrete
Saturday, January 27
11:00 a.m.
Instructor Karen Ulvestad
www.karenulvestadphotography.com
Workshop Description – Birds are present in our everyday lives, and this is a tribute to them. We look to our cameras to document their behavior or simply their beauty. We will discuss the variety of birds in the Pacific Northwest, and photography tips for capturing the best images possible. Each season brings different species of birds into our yards, neighborhoods, forests and wildlife refuges. Birds migrate through our area along the Pacific Flyway, and we get opportunities to experience their diversity. Wintering birds give us opportunities to visit, observe, and photograph these magnificent creatures.

Slide presentation with plenty of time for question and answers.
Free admission; coffee/tea for sale.
chamber@concrete-wa.com
(360) 466-8754

Eagle ViewingSRBEAT

  • To see eagles up close, use a telescope, binoculars or a telephoto lens. Keep noise low and your movements slow.
  • Whenever possible, stay in your car and use it as a blind from which to photograph the eagles.
  • Stay away from the river’s edge and gravel bars where eagles are feeding, especially between 5 and 11 a.m.
  • Most of the river frontage is privately owned. Use public ares along the river and be courteous to local land owners. Do not walk across private property.

Driving Tips

  • Adjust speed according to traffic and weather.
  • Watch for pedestrians: people often cross the roadways during eagle watching season.
  • Carry winter emergency equipment: blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, snow shovel, additional winter clothing, and abrasive material (e.g. cat litter, sand).
  • Be aware that cell phone reception can be unreliable in eastern Skagit County.

The Skagit Eagle Festival is funded in part by Skagit County Lodging Tax Funds.

1. Choose a weekend that’s most convenient for you.
2. Check out the activities for that weekend, below.
3. Reserve your lodging, if you plan to spend a night or two.
4. Get ready for a great time, at your own pace!

Please note that some activities are repeated each weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday; other events are one-time only, offered on a Saturday and/or Sunday during specific weekends.

 

Please contact us with questions.

photo strip for webThe Skagit Eagle Festival is a collaboration of dozens of agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations, brought together by the Concrete Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

For more information, please contact the Concrete Chamber of Commerce. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(360) 853-8784 or email concretechamber@gmail.com

When you visit, please watch for festival signage at activity areas, and remember to stop by the Community Center — home of the “Skagit Eagle Festival Information Station” — at 45821 Railroad Avenue in Concrete. The Community Center is open each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to provide assistance, information, coffee, and restrooms. There will also be arts and crafts vendors, and festival souvenirs available for purchase.