The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
This month’s sponsored project is the Leyendecker Access Area Redevelopment located on the ancestral land of the Quileute people. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to redevelop the Leyendecker Access Area on the Bogachiel River in Clallam County. WDFW will install a boat ramp at a new location, a bathroom, remove hazardous trees, add parking and a loading platform for people with disabilities. The new launch will provide better access to the river for the greater public but will also improve the opportunities for Quileute Tribal members and tribal fishermen to access the river at this specific location. Other recreation opportunities provided by this project are wildlife viewing and photographing nature. This project is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.