Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Information

The people of the clear water welcome you.

Along the serene shores of the Salish Sea, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community welcomes travelers to  a world of rich culture and enchanting landscapes. Known to themselves as "Sts'aixas," or "people of the clear water," the Swinomish people's indigenous name reflects their deep-rooted connection to their ancestral lands. Officially recognized in 1855 through the Treaty of Point Elliott, the Swinomish reservation is. Salmon fishing, a cornerstone of their existence, provides sustenance and camaraderie. Cedar bark was used to fashion their homes and canoes and is still used for intricate baskets. They practice responsible environmental stewardship and recognizing the importance of protecting natural resources. Today, the Swinomish Tribe thrives as a vibrant community, blending tradition with modernity through successful tribal enterprises like the Swinomish Casino & Lodge, RV Park and Markets, all while steadfastly preserving their language and cultural heritage for future generations.

A breathtaking Landscape:

Located on Fidalgo Island in Western Washington State, the Swinomish Reservation boasts breathtaking diversity. Dramatic coastlines and towering forests meet the shimmering expanse of the Salish Sea. Rolling hills and scenic vistas on Fidalgo Island create a postcard-perfect landscape.

Adventure Beyond the Reservation:

Explore Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, a vital habitat teeming with marine life and migratory birds. Travel 30 miles to explore the historical farm sites and scenic vistas of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey Island. Venture 35 miles to the San Juan Islands, a charming archipelago accessible by ferry, for kayaking, wildlife viewing, and stunning beaches.  Hike, camp and fish amidst the majestic scenery of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, 50 miles from the Reservation.

Experience Swinomish Hospitality:

For a comfortable stay, choose from the Swinomish Casino & Lodge, offering luxurious accommodations, thrilling casino action, delectable dining and views of the bay and mountains. The Swinomish RV Park provides convenient options for RV travelers, with campsites overlooking the Swinomish Channel. Replenish your supplies and grab road trip snacks at the Swinomish Markets, conveniently located throughout the Reservation.

Travel Essentials:

  • Contact: For the latest information on events and cultural experiences, contact the Swinomish Tribe at (360) 468-3700 or visit their website (www.swinomish-nsn.gov).
  • Transportation: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is the closest major international airport, approximately a 2-hour drive away. Bellingham International Airport (BLI) is another option. Amtrak Cascades trains stop near Everett, Washington (41 miles). Greyhound Bus Lines operates from a station in Anacortes (10 miles). The reservation is accessible by car via Highway 20.

Embark on a journey that blends cultural discovery with breathtaking natural beauty in the heart of Swinomish territory. Plan your adventure today!

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