These groups include the Tulalip, Stillaguamish, and Sauk-Suiattle peoples. They have Treaty Rights to this land and its waters, guaranteed to them at the signing of the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855.
The rivers and bodies of water here are their lifeways. The waters are home to the salmon that are vitally important to the native way of life. For millennia, indigenous peoples have fished the Salish Sea and the Sauk, Stillaguamish, Skykomish, and Snohomish rivers.
Rivers are the lifeways of our northwest communities. They are also lifeways for several other creatures, including the eight salmonoid species who call our waters home. The journeys our rivers make are important for our environment as well as our communities. Respect them by launching your adventure from a designated put in. Use the water and fish responsibly so that others can continue to visit these wild spaces.