Bob Herman Wildlife Preserve at Thomas’ Eddy

As I mentioned in this week’s Photos of the Week post, I attempted to capture the sunrise again in Snohomish, Washington.  Although the fog, decided that was not going to happen, I still want to share my photos and some information about the Bob Herman Wildlife Park at Thomas’ Eddy.  I’m told this park has some pretty amazing fishing too.  The park sits within just a mile or two of Downtown Snohomish on Connelly Road.  For park information and how to get there go to the end of this post.


The main trail to Shadow Lake and Snohomish River.

Foggy RoadThe trail around Shadow Lake.

Trail Around Shadow Lake

Shadow Lake

Once parked, to get to Shadow Lake head down the trail on the right side of the parking lot (looks like an old road).  There is a small trail leading to the right at the base of the hill.

At first I couldn’t see the sun at all through the fog.

Shadow Lake with Fog

Then the sun started to peek through.

Shadow Lake with Fog and Sun

And finally some blue sky started to show through.

Shadow Lake with Fog Sun Blue SkyBut as thick as the fog was, it was going to take a long time for all of it to burn off so I left before the entire lake was visible.

Snohomish River

To get to the river follow the same main trail to the end.

Snohomish River in the Fog

Other Photos

I loved how the sun was reflecting on the lake, so I took a couple of photos of the sun’s reflection with the grass near the shore of Shadow Lake.

Grass with Sun Reflection 1

Can you see the spider web?

Rose with Spider WebFoliage reclaiming this tree stump.

Stump in the Fog

Getting There

From Snohomish take highway 9 south, just past the open valley turn left on Broadway, and then after a short distance take a left on Connelly.  Once on Connelly, there is a one lane section of road going under an old bridge.  Shortly after the bridge, the park is on the left.

Park Hours

The park opens at 6am and closes at dusk.  While I don’t necessarily recommend this, I’ve found that the gate is usually unlocked.  I got there a few minutes before 6am and was able to push the gate open.

Other Details

  • There is a camp host on site.
  • There is no notice saying that a pass is required.
  • There is a porta-potty in the parking lot.
  • No dogs allowed in the park.

5 Replies to “Bob Herman Wildlife Preserve at Thomas’ Eddy”

  1. I would like to know if I could get permission to use one of your photos on a book of poems that I am publishing. The photo is the one: shadow-lake-with-fog-sun&view. If so I would like to be able to send a release to you and a little about the book of poetry that it would be used for. Please advise. Thanks, Joan. [My intention is to get an email reply from you if possible. Your photos are beautiful. Thank you.]

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