Twin Rivers Nearshore and West Twin

Category Overview

Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.

Project Highlights

The Twins Nearshore & West Twin River project provide a unique conservation opportunity for shoreline, river, riparian, coastal wetland and forested upland habitat on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Acquisition of this property by the WDFW will protect and enhance the natural processes, conditions, functions, and biological responses of 216 acres of fish and wildlife habitat in one of the remaining functional ecosystems in western Washington. This reach contains some of the most complex shorelines of the Salish Sea, Twins Nearshore one of the most diverse. The nearshore fish assemblages include forage fish, juvenile steelhead, Chinook, Coho, cutthroat, and chum migration and rearing. Restoration of the area has been identified as a top priority by the Puget Sound Partnership, and is a top ranked priority within the North Olympic Lead Entity for Salmon 4-Year Work Plan. The project site provides priority habitat for multiple species of concern, including ESA Bull Trout and documented nearshore use by ESA Chinook. The project includes highly productive Coho and winter steelhead spawning and rearing habitat,  and supports prey production habitat for southern resident killer whales, salmon migratory habitat, intact eelgrass and kelp beds, and forage fish spawning and rearing habitat.  The property provides rich shorebird and migratory bird habitat and includes a documented flight corridor for federally listed marbled murrelet.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $ 500,000.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Clallam Legislative District: 24 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1226

Location Details

From Port Angeles, head west onto US-101 W for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right onto WA-112 W, for approximately 23.1 miles. Project site location has access via gated road both on the North and South side of highway 112. To access the nearshore areas, turn right into the gravel parking area on the north.

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.