Kitsap Forest and Bay Project – Shoreline Access

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

Kitsap County, in coordination with Forterra, Department of Ecology, the Port Gamble/S’Klallam and Suquamish Tribes, successfully acquired 534 acres of timberland including 1.3 miles of natural saltwater shoreline from Pope Resources. This land will be preserved for open space, wildlife habitat and regional trail connectivity in perpetuity. Kitsap has completed a stewardship plan for the property outlining future forest management, trail systems and invasive species management. Subsequent to this annexation, Kitsap has also acquired land and development rights from an additional 1560 acres adjacent to the Shoreline block creating an over 2,000 acre open space block.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Kitsap County of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $1,072,686.70 Applicant Match: $250,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 23 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1143

Location Details

From Seattle: take the Bainbridge Island Ferry and exit onto WA-305, continue for 7.1 miles. Turn right onto Suquamish Way NE for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Division Ave NE, travel 0.4 mile. Turn left onto NE Columbia Street and travel 1.7 miles, continuing onto Port Gamble Rd NE for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto WA-307/Bond Road. Travel 0.7 mile and turn left onto WA-104. Port Gamble Bay and acquisition site will be on your right along WA-104.

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.