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 Town of Winthrop will use this grant to develop a boat ramp to the Methow River in Mack Lloyd Park. Winthrop also will install restrooms and signs, improve a gravel parking area, and plant the exposed riverbank. The work will provide the only public access to the upper reaches of the Methow River for recreational boating and paddle sports. The nearest access, 11 miles downstream, only accommodates hand-launched boats, and has no restrooms. Due to the park’s central location in town, people created an unofficial launch area for boats, causing significant bank erosion. Winthrop will contribute $118,000 in cash and donations of cash, labor, and materials.