North Fork Nooksack River Access

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $201,600.00 Applicant Match: $61,550.00 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1259

Location Details

From I-5 in Bellingham take exit #255 (Mt Baker HWY 542). Head east on HWY 542 for approximately 26 miles to town of Maple Falls, WA. From HWY 542 and Silver lake rd crossing, head east on 542 approximately 0.6 miles. site will be on right side of HWY 542.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.