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.
The Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District will use this grant to buy 12 acres along California Creek and 230 feet of saltwater shoreline along Drayton Harbor for a day-use park between Birch Bay and Blaine, on the district’s Bay to Bay Trail. The land surrounds land already owned by the district and combined they conserve 888 feet of saltwater shoreline open to the public on Drayton Harbor. In addition, the district will add a restroom, kayak launch, interpretive kiosk, and trails to the day-use California Creek Estuary Park. The tidelands and estuary are prime habitat for many species of salmon, forage fish, and many other animals. The Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District will contribute $147,000 in cash, voter approved bonds, a grant from RCO’s Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, and donated labor.