Dave Beck, Jr., a former Teamsters Union president, operated a gravel mining operation along the river. The site was purchased by the Palzer family and used for raising livestock and agriculture.
When the site was to be subdivided and sold for housing, the Snohomish Sportsmen's Association, led by Bob Heirman, led a campaign to preserve public access to one of the most popular steelhead fishing spots on the river. The Parks Department worked with the association to acquire the property.
With its unique setting and outstanding natural resources, Heirman Wildlife Preserve at Thomas' Eddy offers the perfect location for viewing wildlife, walking, picnicking, fishing, and discovering the beauty and wonders of nature.
This natural preserve encompasses within its boundaries vast open spaces, two pristine lakes, fragile wetlands, and an extensive river environment. Heirman Wildlife Preserve at Thomas' Eddy provides convenient fishing access to the Snohomish River.
Note: Dogs are not permitted at this park.