English Boom is an area that has been on my photography list for awhile. I’ll be out again when there’s higher tides and the right lighting that I’m looking for. The particular shot I took for this scouting shot are the the remains from an old pier.
Here’s some information on English Boom Trail County Park:
The area was used as a logging boom during the 1920’s and 1930’s. It was owned by the English Lumber Company. Logs were hauled to the water and tied together where they were pulled by tug boats to sawmills. The park is 6.87 acres, and includes an ADA trail, although I’ll have to double-check this the next time I’m out there as I don’t recall the boardwalk being very long. I believe there was some areas that you have to step over to continue on the trail for the main hiking area that cuts through the marshland (I stayed on the beach for this trip). The parkland was purchased by Island County in 1997.
The park boasts a diverse range of ecosystems, from marshy wetlands to beaches and tidelands, making it a haven for hikers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers of all ages.
The English Boom Trail, the park’s main hiking trail, stretches for 1.5 miles through the heart of the park and offers stunning views of the surrounding natural beauty. The trail winds through dense forests of cedar and fir trees.
Along the way, hikers can spot a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, great blue herons, and even playful river otters. The trail also features informative interpretive signs that provide insights into the park’s rich history and ecology. I believe I heard a whale blowing/spouting while I was out there, but could not see anything as the sun had already set.
English Boom offers sweeping views of Skagit bay and the distant Olympic Mountains and is an ideal spot for picnicking and beach combing. In addition to hiking and beachcombing, the park also offers opportunities for kayaking and fishing. The park’s boat launch provides easy access to Port Susan Bay, where visitors can paddle around the bay’s tranquil waters or cast a line in search of salmon and halibut. This is a fairly small park with an equally small parking lot. There isn’t much for trailer parking, so kayaks would have to be brought in on top of your vehicle.
The English Boom Trail County Park is open year-round and offers something for visitors of all ages and interests. Whether you’re looking for a scenic hike, a peaceful beach day, or a fun-filled family outing, this park is a great visit destination on Camano Island that is often overlooked by the two state parks at the south end of the island.
In conclusion, the English Boom Trail County Park on Camano Island is a natural oasis that offers a serene and peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With its diverse ecosystems, informative interpretive signs, and endless recreational opportunities, the park is a must-visit destination for hikers, birdwatchers, and nature enthusiasts of all ages. So, pack a picnic, lace up your hiking boots, and head to this beautiful park for a day of adventure and relaxation.