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 used the grant to acquire 27 of the planned 30 acres on the west side of Barnum Point County Park. In the end the family decided to retain Parcel 4, the northernmost of the four parcels, which was the least consequential for the Park. Two additional parcels were added for acquisition, but in the end they were not acquired. The interpretive panels were not completed under this grant but marine related interpretive panels were created using other grant funds. However, most importantly the full proposed beach access opportunity was secured along with all the necessary parcels to successfully complete Barnum Point County Park, which is now the most popular park on Camano Island.