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.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will used this grant to install a boat launch, gravel parking lot, and toilet on the edge of the Colockum Wildlife Area to provide access to the Columbia River. Access to this stretch of the river is scarce, with the nearest launch about 7 miles downstream and more than 20 miles upstream. The Colockum access is a primitive boat launch with a dirt and rock launch, grass and rock parking, and no facilities. Work included installing a new concrete plank boat ramp, installing a new vault toilet, installing a loading platform for people with disabilities, adding boat tie ups, installing paved accessible parking stalls, installing a paved turnaround and installing a overflow parking area. This is the only public launch on the west side of the river from Wenatchee to Vantage.