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Working and ecological lands in King County, Washington

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Natural Resource Lands in King County, Washington

Chinook Bend Natural Area

Chinook Bend Location map

The Chinook Bend Natural Area is located approximately two miles north of the City of Carnation in unincorporated King County. This 59-acre property lies within the Snoqualmie River's 100-year floodplain and is adjacent to the river on three sides. The site contains predominately pastureland with smaller areas of wetlands and mature deciduous forest cover along the river edge.

Chinook Bend Natural Area was donated to King County in May of 2000 by the Nestle USA Corporation. The Nestle donation specified use of the property as open space for habitat protection purposes and specifically prohibited the future development of the site for active recreation. Current public use supports a low number of visitors engaged in recreational activities such as fishing and nature observation. No formal public trails exist on site. A small, undeveloped parking area just west of the Carnation Farms Road Bridge provides limited public access.

Chinook Bend Natural Area pictureChinook Bend Natural Area contains significant habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species. Approximately 20% of the Chinook salmon that return to the Snoqualmie River watershed spawn in the Chinook Bend reach. Restoration projects aim to provide erosion protection, enhance wildlife habitat and improve recreational access.

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Chinook Bend Natural Area Site Management Guidelines