Puget Island, Washington

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Puget Island
CDP
Puget Island (foreground) is linked to Cathlamet, Washington by the Julia Butler Hansen Bridge.
Puget Island (foreground) is linked to Cathlamet, Washington by the Julia Butler Hansen Bridge.
Puget Island is located in Washington (state)
Puget Island
Puget Island
Location within the state of Washington
Coordinates: 46°10′36″N 123°23′1″W / 46.17667°N 123.38361°W / 46.17667; -123.38361Coordinates: 46°10′36″N 123°23′1″W / 46.17667°N 123.38361°W / 46.17667; -123.38361
Country United States
State Washington
County Wahkiakum
Area
 • Total 7.477 sq mi (19.365 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 831
 • Density 110/sq mi (43/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Puget Island is a 19.365 km² (4,785 acre; 7.5 sq mi) island and Census-designated place (CDP) in the Columbia River in Wahkiakum County, Washington, United States. The Julia Butler Hansen Bridge (built in 1938) carries State Route 409 across the Cathlamet Channel to connect the island to the town of Cathlamet, Washington. Route 409 crosses the island to its southern shore, where it connects with the county-operated Wahkiakum County Ferry, Wahkiakum, providing service to Westport, Oregon. The 2000 census reported a population of 798 persons.

Puget Island's Robert W. Little Preserve is home to a population of endangered Columbian White-tailed Deer.[1]

The island was named for Peter Puget, a lieutenant in the Vancouver Expedition of exploration, which first mapped the island in 1792.

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