Nine miles from its starting point, the ferry slips behind the protecting arm of Wing Point, to the right, and enters Eagle Harbor, a wedge-shaped inlet less than half a mile wide at its mouth. Tipped with feathery green trees and dotted with country homes, the slender point thrusts out into the sea to form the north boundary of the harbor. On the left, a high bluff protects the inlet from the gusty “southwesters” that blow off the Sound. Small boats ride at anchor in the quiet water, or rest on the beach near the cottages along the shore. Eagle Harbor was thought to have been named by the Wilkes Expedition of 1841 for Henry Eagle, a Navy lieutenant.
The town that grew up around the harbor was first named Madrone and then became known as Winslow.