Merrill Lake RP 2016

Category Overview

Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.

Project Highlights

With this grant funding, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will acquire approximately 146 acres of Riparian Protection habitat along the Kalama River and the Merrill Lake Shoreline. This acquisition is the latest of a multi-phase acquisition effort to acquire 1,431 acres in the Merrill Lake area. Objectives include long-term protection of this unique habitat and providing secure public access, particularly along the shorelines of the lake and river. This acquisition provides additional opportunities for passive recreation in Cowlitz County.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: 1400000 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Cowlitz Legislative District: 20 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1348

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.