The Port of Skagit was created in 1964 and part of its first economic development plan called for a boat harbor in La Conner that would serve maritime traffic through the Swinomish Channel. Since then, the La Conner Marina has grown into a recreational and commercial hub for maritime industries, services, tourism and more. To ensure the La Conner Marina continues to operate as a high-quality, useful facility for maritime purposes, the Port maintains a master plan to guide future developments.
The Swinomish Channel is a critical 11-mile long artery that connects Skagit Bay with Padilla Bay, and provides inside passage from the Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands. It is authorized to a depth of minus 12 feet below mean lower low water (MLLW). But high shoaling rates require the Channel to be dredged at least every three years by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to retain the authorized depth.
The Port of Skagit, along with key partners and stakeholders, plays an important role in advocacy for the Swinomish Channel to be dredged at least every three years to maintain safe navigable depths for commercial and recreational vessels.
Marine businesses and boaters on the Swinomish Channel generate sales of approximately $86.2-million in business revenue annually, along with approximately 500 jobs. This commerce and the direct and indirect jobs from these businesses depend upon a safe, navigable channel.
Mavrik Marine Expansion
Mavrik Marine is expanding their manufacturing space in order to fulfill existing orders for boats that are simply too large to build within their current facility. The Port of Skagit is constructing a 17,226-square-foot building that it will lease to Mavrik Marine. This additional space is needed for Mavrik Marine to build commuter-class, 300+ passenger ferries. The building will be adjacent to Mavrik Marine’s current facility on Pearle Jensen Way. The Port of Skagit received a $2.25 million loan and $750,000 grant through the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) for this expansion project.