Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.
Island County will use this grant to acquire 30 acres of low bank waterfront property at Barnum Point, at the mouth of Triangle Cove. The acquisition includes 13 acres of uplands and 17 acres of tidelands. As the only low-bank water access property along Barnum Point, purchasing this property for a public park will also improve the public’s access to more than 2/3 mile of adjacent public beach. The primary recreation opportunities this project will support is water dependent recreation activities such as swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and beachcombing, hiking and biking, while preserving critical marine habitats.