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 replace 38 standard campsites at Dosewallips State Park with 14 utility campsites and a restroom in a new location. The 38 campsites are downstream of the U.S Highway 101 bridge and flood regularly, making them unusable in certain seasons and requiring extensive staff time for clean-up. State Parks plans to convert the existing, but underused group camp (located up-river) into sites with power and water for recreational vehicles (RV). The group camp would be moved to another area of the park. The new utility sites would be used in the non-peak seasons and will accommodate longer RVs that may be pulling a vehicle or boat. The restroom will have eight flush toilet stalls and four showers. Removing the 38 existing campsites will allow the Dosewallips River to meander more naturally, providing improved habitat for three salmon species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. This project is part of an extensive multi-year, multi-phased habitat restoration project that is being conducted in partnership with the Wild Fish Conservancy. State Parks will contribute $244,951 in a grant from the salmon recovery program.