Haapa Park

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Clark County Parks Dept Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: 204870 Applicant Match: 204870 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Clark Legislative District: 20 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 97-1204

Location Details

Woodland exit from I-5, take frontage road just east of the northbound off-ramp. Follow as it curves to left (Hayes Rd). Becomes Cedar Creek Rd. Left on NE Etna Rd, then left again on Haapa Rd (looks more like driveway than county road).

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.