The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife used this grant to develop a new boat ramp and make site improvements to the Heller Bar boating access site, located next to the mouth of the Grand Ronde River on the Snake River in SE Asotin County. This grant was used to construct a second ramp to be used by boaters. The new ramp has helped to alleviate congestion caused by the high volume of users at this site. New signage and a gravel surface for the parking and pedestrian areas has improved the area for all users. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project is boating.