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.
This project involves the phase 2 acquisition and development of 20 acre Haapa Park on the North Fork Lewis River. The project site includes 10 acres owned by WDFW and 10 acres owned by Clark County. Clark County has received funds through the IAC’s boating program to help develop a boat launch and support facilities on site. Phase 2 improvements will include hiking trails, picnic tables, fishing access, and other water-oriented recreation facilities. In addition, this project involves the acquisition of a 5 acre portion of the county ownership, which was purchased in December 1995 under an IAC waiver of retroactivity. Haapa is the only regional park in Clark County on the North Fork Lewis. The North Fork Lewis provides excellent opportunities for salmon and steelhead fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.