Bush and Callow Act Aquatic Lands Maps

In 1895, the Washington State Legislature passed the Bush Act and the Callow Act, which allowed for sale of state-owned tidelands into private ownership.
The Bush Act allowed state-owned aquatic lands to be sold for “the purpose of oyster planting, to encourage and facilitate said industry.” It provided for the sale of not more than one hundred acres of state owned tidelands into private ownership, at $1.25 per acre, to any qualified individual for use only for oyster planting and cultivation.
The Callow Act allowed for  “purchase and sale of oyster lands” into private ownership. The act limited activity on the land to "artificial oyster bed."
To see where Bush and Callow Act Lands are located, view the county maps below:

Basic Statistics

  • Bush and Callow Act Lands, 46,784 acres, 100% of total
  • Bush Act Lands, 46,204 acres, 98.8% of total
  • Pacific County (Willapa Bay), 25,324 acres, 54.1% of total
  • Grays Harbor County (Grays Harbor), 7,054 acres, 15.1% of total
  • San Juan, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, Clallam, and King counties, 13,826 acres, 29.6% of total
  • Callow Act Lands, 580 acres, 1.2% of total
  • Thurston County, 391 acres, 0.8% of total
  • Mason County, 2 acres, 0.004% of total