Elk River Estuary, Ph. 1

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

This project involved the purchase of 3700 acres to protect the Elk River estuary, which is the largest, highest quality estuarine system remaining in either Washington or Oregon. This site in Grays Harbor County includes four types of high quality salt marshes and resulting habitat and recreation opportunities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: 430915.6 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Grays Harbor Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 91-840

Location Details

Near Bay City, 15 miles southwest of Aberdeen.

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.