One of the most valuable wildlife havens on the Kitsap Peninsula, the 101-acre coastal sanctuary includes stands of alders, western red cedar and western hemlock as well as its most vital natural feature - a brackish marsh. This marsh and its 3,800 feet of beach make for very essential habitat for birds, birds and mammals.

The Preserve is near the very northern tip of Peninsula and easily accessible by car and boat

The Nature Conservancy established this preserve in 1967 when the Rawson family donated the land and established a trust fund for the long-term management of this preserve. This marsh is close to a pristine lagoon that can be found in the Puget Sound basin. The cedars in this preserve, more abundant in the western Washington region prior to the 20th century, are protected from future logging. The marsh and preserve are home to 350 species of plant and the lowland forest supports a variety of native animals. Animals that inhabit this region are coastal water birds such as goldeneyes, scoters, buffleheads, wigeons, winter wrens, red-breasted nuthatches as well as pileated woodpeckers , great blue herons, bald eagles and ospreys.

Lace up your walking shoes and stroll through the forest while listening to the call of the pileated woodpecker and watch ospreys soar overhead. Take a marked trail to the beach and visit the tidelands. Bring your binoculars for bird watching but leave your canine companion at home as there are no pets are allowed on the preserve.



  • From Bainbridge Island, take route 305 across agate pass. Turn right immediately on Suquamish Way and continue through Suquamish to Hansville.
  • From Hansville, proceed 2.8 miles on Twin Spits Road.
  • The preserve is on the left; parking is only on the dirt road shoulder there. Look for the trail access between two โ€œno parking dusk-to-dawnโ€ signs.

Written by Noelle van deer Straaten, Volunteer.