State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
State Parks will use this grant to buy 83 acres on the north end of Deception Pass, within the long-term boundary of Deception Pass State Park. The land would be used for trails and would protect views. The landowner has the land for sale and intends to log and subdivide it for houses. The land is visible from the park and development would harm the views in the park. Deception Pass is Washington’s most-visited state park with more than 3.4 million visits annually. The 3,854-acre marine and camping park boasts nearly 15 miles of saltwater shoreline and more than 6 miles of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The State Parks and Recreation Commission will contribute $25,000 in council bonds and donated cash.