The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to build a fishing dock at Newman Lake, a popular year-round spot for fishing, boating, swimming, and wildlife watching east of Spokane and Liberty Lake. The department’s access site has no shoreline access for anglers with disabilities and very little shoreline access for able-bodied anglers. Anglers often fish from the shore next to the boat ramps, causing conflicts between users. Work also will include building an accessible viewing platform.