Anderson Island, Washington
Park and Recreation District

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Andy's Wildlife Park
Located on Eckenstam-Johnson Road
Andy's Wildlife Park encompasses 170 acres of wetlands, tidal estuary and a forest.  Nearly all of the park lies south of Sandberg Road and West of Eckenstam-Johnson Road.  This portion of the park includes a 1 acre off-leash dog area ("Freddie's Off Leash Dog Park") off of Sandburg Road and hiking trails. The portion of the park on the east side of Eckenstam-Johnson Road includes an important segment of School House Creek where the Park District is attempting to restore the creek and re-establish a salmon run.

The is an extensive trail system for hikers is best utilized in the summer months due to wet conditions.  The 2-mile looped nature trail begins and ends at a parking lot on Eckenstam-Johnson Road and includes two small bridges. A donation from Delbert and Janice Deweyert allowed us to construct a connection to the loop trail within Andy's Wildlife Park to connect with Andrew Anderson Marine Park. There is a picnic area with at table on the bank of Schoolhouse Creek near the parking area and a sign acknowledging Pierce County's contribution to the salmon enhancement project through culvert replacement.  There is also a portable toilet at the trailhead.

This park is intended to be a wildlife habitat.  In order for visitors and wildlife some rules must be observed.  These rules are posted at the trailhead and include the following:

-    Dogs are allowed, on leash only on Deweyert Trail and on Andy's Wildlife Trail.
-    Freddie's Off-Leash Dog Area, a 1-acre fenced off-leash dog area is located on Sandberg Road.

-    No horses, bicycles, or motorized vehicles are allowed.
-    Trash must be removed and a "Pack-it-in / Pack it out" policy must be observed.
-    Consumption of alcohol and use of illegal drugs is prohibited.
-    Discharge of fire arms, bow and arrows and hunting is not permitted.

Enhancement of Schoolhouse Creek to restore and maintain salmon run is an ongoing effort. Restoring the creek to resemble its original course was completed along with Pierce County's replacement of two culverts, one on Oro Bay Road and one on Eckenstam-Johnson Road that prevented salmon migration.  Native plant introduction continues.  The restoration of the creek and culvert replacement enabled establishment of an annual incubation and release system within the creek for 20,000 chum Salmon eggs with the intent of reestablishing the salmon run.  Providing a healthy incubation environment and minimizing loss requires seasonal daily intensive care.  It may take as long as 4 years for the first release to return.  Because of environmental and predatory factors please don't expect to see 20,000 salmon fighting their way "home".  Pierce County has also erected an informational sign near the stream crossing on Eckenstam-Johnson Road

Contact Park Commissioner:  Carol Paschal, 253-884-2110,

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