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.
Island County acquired a conservation and access easement on 6 acres, owned by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, located on the southeast side of Whidbey Island in the small community of Glendale. The County removed two buildings where a small parking area will be established in Summer 2017. The acquisition resulted in permanent public access to over 420 feet of the restored shoreline that allows fishing, non-motorized boating access, swimming, nature viewing, picnicking, and beachcombing. Most recently, the State DNR restored coastal processes by removing a derelict creosote pier and a broken creosote bulkhead.