Chehalis River Surge Plain NAP (RD) 2006

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

This project developed two areas in the Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve, Preachers Slough road and Blue Slough access trailhead. This project provided a gravel parking area with wheel stops, information and rules signage at the end of Preacher’s Slough road. A new canoe launch provides canoe, kayak, and small boat access. From Preacher’s Slough Parking, a 4 foot wide, approximately 1,900 foot gravel trail provides walk-in Chehalis river bank access. The Blue Slough access trailhead includes new parking with a wood fence, barrier boulders, sign kiosk and waterfront access with a car top boat launch.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Development & Renovation WWRP Grant: $204,377.00 Applicant Match: $9,111.00 Project Type: Development County: Grays Harbor Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 13-Jun

Location Details

From Montesano, take HWY 107 south toward Raymond. approximately 4 miles from Montesano turn right Preacher's Slough road follow this to first turnout on right, which leads to river access. Blue slough access is approximately 4 miles west of Preacher's Slough road on Blue slough road. This relatively undeveloped access usually has flagging near the road; it also has a white gate normally left open. The trail runs on the former railroad grade between this these two points.

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.