State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
The area surrounding the confluence of the Mashel and Nisqually rivers has been included in the Nisqually River Management Plan as a site suitable for a state park. This project is a continuation of the phased acquisition of the north side of the Mashel River. This acquisition will allow for the eventual development of components of a major destination park on the Mashel Prairie providing camping, picnicking, group camp, developed river access, and an interpretive center. The acquisition also provides preservation of the north side of the canyon and protection of wildlife habitat in this area.