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.
State Parks will use this grant to purchase a 21-acre property adjacent to the Miller Peninsula State Property which will provide approximately 1,500 feet of additional shoreline to the public and a second, much needed water access. The Miller Peninsula State Park Property, near Sequim, encompasses approximately 2,800 acres of the north Olympic Peninsula. The property includes an extensive trail system that is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and wildlife viewers. Although a CAMP has not been completed for the Miller Peninsula, parcels adjacent to the northwest and northeast corners of park would be obvious choices for inclusion in the property’s long-term boundary. The 21-acre Jones Trust property, adjacent to the northwest corner of the park is currently for sale. The forested property has approximately 1500 feet of shoreline and a small stream in a ravine. It is one of the few places along the north side of Miller Peninsula where there is low enough bank to build beach access, since much of the existing state park property is very high bank. Currently, there is not road access to the Jones Trust property. If a new buyer were able to obtain legal access to the property, it would likely be split and multiple residences constructed. The shoreline designation is rural, which allows for home and other development.