Similkameen Connector Trail Phase I

Category Overview

Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.

Project Highlights

Okanogan County used this grant for the first phase of development of the Similkameen Trail that will serve as a connector to the Pacific Northwest Trail system and the extensive trail system within Okanogan County. The county acquired two properties totalling 12.39 acres and constructed 1.5 miles of trail from Oroville to the Taber Bypass. In addition, the bridge over the Similkameen River that links the Taber Bypass to the main trail was renovated with concrete decking and a pipe and chain link railing system. The trail is located on an abandoned railroad corridor along the south side of the Similkameen River in a natural and scenic habitat that offers spectacular views of the river and of the Cascade Range in the Pasayten Wilderness.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Okanogan Co Planning & Dev Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $688,666.00 Applicant Match: $688,670.00 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Active Completed RCO Project # 04-1441

Location Details

Take Hwy 97 N to Oroville, take county road 9425 from Oroville to Nighthawk. The trail will be visible on the other side of the river.

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.