Port Gamble Bay Coastal Protection Acquisition

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 Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe proposes to acquire a conservation easement on 16 acres of upland and shoreline, 2.5 acre of bluff, and approximately 4 acres of adjacent tidelands at Port Gamble Bay to protect it from development into perpetuity. In addition, the Tribe will complete a cultural resources evaluation of the Port Gamble Bay and Hood Canal area, develop a Restoration and Stewardship Plan for the protected property, coordinate with stakeholders to pursue future restoration of the entire spit (including the central/eastern interior and northern areas), and advance up to three conceptual restoration alternatives forward to the 30% design stage. The acquisition project is the first step in the overall goal of restoring high quality nearshore habitat and providing water access, recreational, and educational opportunities. The bay is home to large herring stocks and hosts populations of surf smelt; sand lance; chum, coho, pink, and Chinook salmon; steelhead; bull and cutthroat trout; and multiple species of shellfish. The site is important to indigenous people who lived here for thousands of years and continue to rely on aquatic resources. This project will provide immediate water access for non-motorized boats and canoes after the upland cleanup is complete. Future phases will include low-impact recreation development, fill and armor removal, the creation of beach habitat, re-vegetation, and restored sediment processes.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $1,000,000.00 Applicant Match: $686,604.00 Project Type: Planning & Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 23 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1748

Location Details

From the Kingston ferry terminal; head northeast on Washington Blvd NE toward NE 1st St, turn left onto WA104 W/NE 1st St/NE State Hwy 104, continue to follow WA104 W/NE State Hwy 104 for 3.9 mi, turn right onto WA104 W for 3.7 mi, Turn right onto N Rainier Ave for 0.1 mi, turn right onto View Dr NE and the site is accessible by foot from there.

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.