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 Washington Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to buy and develop land along the North Fork Nooksack River into a day-use, river access site. The department will build a parking lot, trail, and pathway to the river. The department also will restore the area around the river. This land is an important launching area for a kayaking and rafting run on the river east of Maple Falls. The department will contribute $61,550 in a state appropriation, staff labor, equipment, and donations of equipment and labor.