Legislature will decide on north bay trail funds —

Legislature will decide on north bay trail funds

By Chinook Observer Staff
Chinook Observer

The Washington Recreation Conservation Office has recommended the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife receive $310,000 to improve access to north Willapa Bay.

This must still be approved by the state Legislature next year. A press release from the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition noted that only half of the funding requests were funded last year.

If it comes through, WDFW will use this grant to begin development of the North Willapa Bay Wildlife Area Unit. The department will build two parking lots, one at the Cedar River and one at Hawks Point; about 1 mile of two, non-motorized trails; and two interpretive kiosks at viewpoints.

The .8-mile Hawks Point Bluff Trail will use a logging road and will end at a majestic bluff viewpoint overlooking Willapa Bay. The second trail, the .2-mile Bay Access Trail, will provide secluded beach access for a variety of recreational opportunities.

Willapa Bay is regarded widely as one of the most pristine estuaries in the U.S. and is the second largest estuary on North America’s West Coast. During the past decade, WDFW has played an integral role in a partnership that has protected several thousand acres of estuaries, wetlands, and associated buffers throughout Willapa Bay.


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