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 Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to replace a deteriorated boat launch that provides access to the Skykomish River. One side of the double ramp has been closed due to disrepair and the second ramp is in need of repair. Demand for access is high almost year-round for fishing, kayaking, tubing, swimming, picnicking, and general recreation. Replacement of the ramp will expedite the flow of heavy traffic, reducing congestion at the site by allowing one ramp to be used for launching and one for retrieval. The department also will use the grant to add parking for people with disabilities and a paved entrance to reduce maintenance required by a high level of use and erosion. The Sky Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited has committed to provide monthly maintenance.