California Creek Estuary Park Development

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District will use this grant to acquire about 12.5 acres of wildlife habitat to protect rare tidelands and estuary, and to develop public access and parking. A second phase is planned to include trails, interpretive signs, restroom and boat launch amenities. The primary recreational opportunities provided by this project are passive recreation and non-motorized boating.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Blaine-Birch Bay Park & Rec Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $366,400.00 Applicant Match: $91,600.00 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1945

Location Details

Head north on I-5 from Bellingham to exit 274 Peace Portal Dr to Semiahmoo. Take exit heading west on WA-548 to Drayton Harbor Rd. Take right on Drayton Harbor Rd and travel 1/4 mile to destination 4656 Drayton Harbor Rd. On your left immediately after crossing bridge over California Creek.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.