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 Department of Natural Resources, along with King County and North Bend, will use this grant to develop and improve two key locations for launching a boat and build one key take-out location for a popular half-day kayaking and rafting run on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. The department will develop launching locations at Granite Flats and Mine Creek, halfway up the Middle Fork Valley. New trails will be built there to provide additional river access points and to expand opportunities for walking, swimming, fishing, and picnicking along the river. The department will develop a take-out spot at Tanner Landing in North Bend by building a parking lot and access to the river. The department also will build a park, the Dahlgren Family Park, to provide access to Tanner Landing from North Bend Way, as well as picnic facilities and natural play areas. This grant will fund the first phase of a larger project to develop public access to the Snoqualmie River. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute more than $1 million in a local grant.