Ink Blot Natural Area Preserve

Color photo of Ink Blot Natural Area Preserve (NAP)
This low-elevation wetland and bog complex includes three parallel, elongated basins and their watersheds. Formed by glaciers, the basins are separated by glacial till with no connecting channels, and they support a mosaic of pond, herb and sedge wetlands, sphagnum bog, shrub carr, and second-growth forest buffer. The preserve’s wetland features are exceptional within the Puget Sound lowlands due to their species composition and intact condition. The preserve currently totals 184 acres.
Features Protected: Low-elevation freshwater wetland and low-elevation sphagnum bog  
Ecoregion:  Puget Trough (Mason County)

Science, Research and Monitoring

Public and private universities, other research institutions and individual researchers may contact DNR to propose a research project at the site. If you are interested in pursuing research at Ink Blot NAP, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at  

Environmental Education and Public Access

Currently no formal educational programs are available at Ink Blot NAP. The site is not ADA accessible and facilities are not available. For more information, contact the DNR South Puget Sound Region natural areas manager.