Merrill Lake Natural Area

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) used this grant to acquire 817.44 acres lying between Merrill Lake and the Kalama River. The property is located approximately 16 miles north of Cougar, Washington in Cowlitz County. The purchase provides long-term protection of habitat used by steelhead, Coho, elk, marten, Chinook, western toad, spotted owl, and osprey, and ensure public access to Merrill Lake and the shorelines of the Kalama River.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $2,122,517.49 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Cowlitz Legislative District: 20 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1135

Location Details

From 1-5 at Woodland, travel approximately 27.3 miles East on SR 504 to the USFS 8100 road. Turn left (North) and travel approximately 6.8 miles to the gate on left entering the site (7500 road).

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.