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Hat Islanders!  The Long Range Planning Committee has sent out a link to a survey.  If you are not receiving Hat Island Listserv emails you did not receive the link.  If you’d like to participate in the future of the island, please email and request a copy of the survey link!  Let your voice be heard.
NEXT BARGE, MAY 1, 2 and 3!  Get those barge requests in!


Please note that the water is turned off in the marina.  It will be back on once the threat of freezing temperatures are gone.

Is your mailing information updated?  If you’ve moved, please call the Hat Island office to make sure we have your correct information on file.  Are you getting our emails with timely information?  If not, call the Hat Island office!

ALRT:  Whidbey Telecom is having issues getting mail delivered to Yahoo accounts and some AOL accounts.  If you are not receiving Island emails, call the HI office at 360-444-6611 or email  If you have another email that could be used, please let us know.



Every Saturday, leaving Hat at 10:30am and Everett at 2:30pm.  Send your cargo request form to



  • If you are leaving for more than a week, please leave your vehicle parked at your property and utilize the Rabbit Transit to get to and from the marina and your ride off island, be it on the Hat Island Ferry or your private vessel. The office is open M-F from 8am to 4pm, in addition with enough notice we can transport you to the marina. The marina parking is full and we have projects that will require moving cars for short periods of time.  It is helpful if you leave a hidden key, notifying the office where it is, for necessary movements such as this.  All notes of key location will be kept in a locked safe deposit box for security purposes.
  • If you are leaving for the winter the above parking recommendation goes, but in addition don’t forget to winterize your home. You should be turning off your water at the water meter every time you leave but the added item would be to drain your pipes for the winter.  No one wants to come back to their island retreat and find that they had a water leak.


Low Season Gas

Saturdays, 12-1

Reminder to New Owners …and old ones too

Outdoor burning, as it applies to Hat Island, is categorized into 3 types:  Recreational fires, Residential yard-debris burning and land clearing fires.

Recreational Fire means cooking fires or campfires using charcoal or firewood that occur in designated areas or on private property. A permit is not required for “recreational fires” with a total fuel area no greater than 2 feet in diameter and/or 2 feet in height. These fires must be within an approved fire pit with a rock/brick/metal border. At NO time are any beach fires permitted on Hat Island. They will be put out when discovered/reported and will be treated as an illegal burn.

Residential yard-debris burning fires are limited to vegetative material grown on the property, such as leaves, branches and twigs. A permit from the fire department is required and subject to size restrictions noted on the permit. Proof of adequate fire control measures such as a charged water line (hose with water on) and full-time attendance of the fire by a responsible adult must be maintained.

All recreational or Yard Debris fires must be out (cold to the touch) by sunset.

Land clearing or stump burning fires are under strict control and must be permitted by the local fire department.  A permit and inspection of the proposed burn area will be conducted as part of the process.  Proof of adequate water supply and heavy equipment sufficient to maintain control of the fire must be present at all times with operating personnel.  These fires must not be fueled after sundown or if winds become an issue for embers and firebrands.  Control must be maintained at all times.

All fires that do not meet regulations can be subject to heavy fines and financial responsibility should property damage or fire-fighting efforts be required as a result of willful or negligent actions of the permittee.

Permits may be obtained by e-mailing Mike Worthy at worthymd@hotmail.clm or calling 206-972-5019 and in the Hat Island Office during business hours.


Ferry Riders

If you have a concern about something on the ferry, please contact ferry staff.  They can address it with the offending party.  If you feel your concern isn’t being handled by the crew in a timely, and effective manner, please ask to speak to the captain.  Please do not confront fellow passengers.

Talk to Each Other

How do you be a good neighbor?  Communicate with each other, lend a hand!  There are a lot of new owners on the island and they cannot expect to know all of the little idiosyncrasies and island rules that make our little island such a special place to be.  If you see someone that seems confused or is doing something that would be frowned upon, reach out and lend them a hand and offer advice.   Neighbors helping neighbors is how this island works and those of us that have been here for a long period of time need to reach out and lend that helping hand.



Hat Island Online Exhibit and Timeline

Make sure to check out the work of our Summer Intern, Laynie Moran:



Hat Island, WE CAN DO THIS!

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