Colockum Access Improvements

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

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Development & Renovation WWRP Grant: $284,334.90 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Development County: Chelan Legislative District: 12 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1489

Location Details

From Wentachee (Hwy 2) take the Wenatchee Avenue exit and head south through Malaga. Head South along river towards Alcola/ Malaga area. At mile marker 13 take a left at the Y onto Tarpiscan Road. Follow about two miles to wildlife area boundary. Private houses along the river end right at the edge of boundary. The access is a gravel road to the left down a short hill to water as soon as you enter the wildlife area. 47-16-882 120-05-556

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.