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 Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to improve three water access sites along the Similkameen River. The sites were purchased in 1969 and have had few improvements. The department will lay gravel in the parking areas, renovate the access roads, improve signs, and update fences and barrier rocks to keep visitors from impacting surrounding habitat. The work will be done along the river from near the Canadian border to 10 miles downstream. This constitutes the bulk of the Similkameen Water Trail. Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, wildlife watching, picnicking, photographing nature, and general day-use of these sites is expected to increase with improved facilities.