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 Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife used this grant to renovate the Riverside Access Site located on the Okanogan River adjacent to the City of Riverside in Okanogan County. Specifically, this project provided: 1) A developed boat launch with cement planking needed to launch boats during low water levels; 2) Graveled parking area for up to 8 vehicles with boat trailers located near the launch; 3) A paved entrance drive and parking area with 9 spaces for vehicles including one (1) space for ADA parking for picnickers; 4) An ADA compatible vaulted CXT toilet; 5) A picnic shelter with ADA picnic tables and BBQ; 6) Educational kiosk detailing the rules and regulations for the use of the site, and available outdoor recreational opportunities on site and nearby; 7) A paved pathway from picnic area to boat launch; 8) Shade trees; 9) A graveled road from paved picnic area to boat launch area; 10) A barrier gate at the entrance; 11) A new entrance sign; and 12) Barrier rock to restrict vehicles to roads. The primary recreation opportunities provided by this project are boating and picnicking.