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 29 standard campsites with 14 utility campsites and add a restroom in Dosewallips State Park. The existing campsites are downstream of the U.S. Route 101 bridge and flood regularly, making the campsites unusable in certain seasons and requiring extensive staff time to clean up. State Parks also will move the group camp to another area of the park. The new utility sites will be in a different location that does not flood, be designed for year-round use, and accommodate longer recreational vehicles that may be pulling a vehicle or boat. The new restroom will have eight toilets and four showers. Moving the campsites will allow the Dosewallips River to meander more naturally, providing improved habitat for three federally listed salmon runs. This proposal 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 $225,000 in a grant from the state salmon recovery program.