Conserved in 2014 by Capitol Land Trust, Bayshore Preserve on Oakland Bay is a diverse tract of land with a diverse history, boasting salt-water frontage, 27 acres of salt marsh, extensive meadow, Johns Creek and riparian zone, and some big mature Douglas Firs and Oregon White Oak trees, unusual in this area. Consequently, the area attracts many different kinds of birds. At this time of year, shorebirds and waterfowl will be busy along the shore. The Squaxin people had a large village and longhouse here before the 1870s. A saw mill operated until 1930, and then the land became a golf course. Work such as the restoration of the land’s natural water flow, removal of invasive species, and installation of bluebird boxes is ongoing.
To reach Bayshore Preserve, follow Route 3 North west of Shelton along Oakland Bay for approximately four miles until you see on your left a store and Texaco station. The preserve is across the street. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a spotting scope besides binoculars, if you have one.