Padilla Bay – high and low of the matter
Padilla Bay (Washington State) is an estuary at the saltwater edge of the Skagit River delta in the Salish Sea. It is about eight miles long (north to south) and three miles across. Filled with sediment from the Skagit River the bay is shallow, flat and muddy – and almost entirely intertidal. This estuary is home to a large eelgrass meadow of nearly 8,000 acres. The richness of this ecosystem provides nursery for our beloved salmon, crab, perch and herring. Great blue herons, eagles, otters and seals all feed on the local worms, shrimp, clams and other invertebrates. Padilla Bay is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve system.