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.
San Juan County Land Bank will use this funding to purchase about 10 acres of land along Lopez Channel on Lopez Island. The purchase includes 470 feet of sandy beach shoreline and connects to 2 miles of public tideland currently only reachable by boat. The primary recreational opportunities provided by this project include swimming, beach combing, paddling, and wildlife viewing.