1991, Skagit County purchased a 726-acre portion of the former Northern
State Hospital from the State of Washington for the purpose of developing
a major regional recreation facility for the citizens of Skagit County
and beyond. The site, now called the Northern State Recreation Area
(NSRA), is located on the eastern edge of the urban growth area of Sedro-Woolley
in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
to closing in the 1970's, NSRA was the working farm associated with
the Northern State Hospital. Perched on a plateau overlooking the southern
meadows are the abandoned dairy barns from the farm operations, built
Some preliminary planning for NSRA occurred in 1993-94 that included
a resource classification study and a conceptual master plan for development.
However, between 1994 and 1998, the site received little attention due
to county staff being fully committed to other projects and minimal
public involvement in the site. That changed in 1998 when a group of
citizens formed the Northern State Task Force (NSTF) to work on implementing
some of the development plans on the property. In support of the NSTF
efforts, the County Board of Commissioners earmarked three million dollars
in December 1999, as seed money to get development started.
State Recreation Area Master Plan
State Recreation Area Park Pics
NE of Sedro-Woolley
left on Helmick Rd. from HWY 20
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it in, Pack it out.
not enter the historic structures.
hours dawn to dusk.
pets must be on leash.
regulations strictly enforced.