Trout Lake Meadow Restoration

Category Overview

The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.

Project Highlights

The Washington Department of Natural Resources used this grant to restore the hydrology and vegetation of the meadow areas of Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve. Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve is located along Trout Lake Creek in Klickitat County. This project included blocking 500 feet of old irrigation ditch in the east meadow area and removing 900 feet of an old access road on the western part of the preserve. Weed control measures including herbicide treatments, mowing and weed cloth were conducted on 40 acres to allow native species to reestablish in the meadow. The ditch, old road and portions of the meadow were planted with 7700 native species. The Trout Lake wetland system contains the second largest of the four known Washington populations of the Oregon Spotted Frog, a state sensitive species. Sandhill Cranes, a state endangered species, use this site as a staging area and potential nesting area.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $143,270.33 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1508

Location Details

To access the natural area preserve from White Salmon, Wa take HWY 141 22 miles to the town of Trout Lake. At the gas station, take a right onto Mt. Adams Road. Just before the junction with National Forest Road 23, turn right onto a gravel gated private driveway. Take this driveway through four gates to access the east restoration project area. To access the old road on the western portion of the preserve from the town of Trout Lake stay on HWY 141, staying left at the gas station and continue through the town of Trout Lake. Take a right onto Trout Creek Road (NF 88). Follow Trout Creek Road for 1.8 miles past the “Clarksville” housing area. Take a right onto the gravel road and parking area and park near the gate.

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.