Devil’s Head Acquisition

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services Department utilized this grant to buy approximately 94 acres at the southern end of the Key Peninsula, known as Devil’s Head. The property has nearly 1 mile of high quality Puget Sound shoreline. The county plans to use the site for non-motorized boating, hiking, and beachcombing,and a wide variety of potential recreation opportunities for the community as well as protecting wildlife habitat. This property acquisition will conserve sediment supply and distribution, maintains water quality, and preserves other processes necessary for the long-term protection of salmon habitat.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Pierce County Parks & Rec Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $1,647,437.77 Applicant Match: $1,165,751.93 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 26 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1409

Location Details

Take I-5 to WA-16 W towards Gig Harbor/Bremerton Take the WA-302 exit toward Key Peninsula/Purdy Merge onto Purdy Drive NW/WA-302 Turn Left at Gig Harbor-Longbranch Highway/WA-302 Continue onto Key Peninsula Highway KP N The property is located at the end of the Key Peninsula Highway. Proceed South on the Key Peninsula Highway past 94th Street, Continue West on Rickert Road

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.