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.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) used this grant to acquire approximately 115 acres along the Kettle River, develop a primitive launch for non-motorized boats and provide public access to 3.4 miles of shoreline. The property purchase, located approximately ten miles northwest of the community of Curlew, Ferry County, allowed WDFW to increase public access to the Kettle River for a variety of non-motorized, water-related recreational activities. The primary recreational opportunities offered by this project are non-motorized boating and shoreline access for fishing, bird watching and fishing.