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.
Skamania County Community Events and Recreation will use this grant to develop the 8.25-acre High Bridge Park. The County will build a parking area, install a restroom, establish an area for picnics and gatherings, add fencing and a gate, landscape, and restore eroding ground to reduce sedimentation to the river. The park is forested with a road leading to the Wind River. Access to the Wind River will create an opportunity for people to use the park for fishing, boating, swimming, and sightseeing. Skamania County will contribute $44,332 in equipment and staff labor.