Woodard Bay NRCA Access Development

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) used this grant to restore nearshore habitat and to enhance low-impact recreation and environmental education at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). The project provided safe access to the beach, developed interpretive facilities, including an environmental learning shelter, upgraded the parking lot and primitive kayak and canoe launch, and restored potrions of the Woodard Bay and Chapman Bay nearhsore habitats.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Development & Renovation WWRP Grant: $324,070.84 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Development County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1121

Location Details

From I-5 Exit at Port of Olympia. Continue North on Plum Street for approximately 6 miles (the road becomes East Bay then Boston Harbor). Turn right onto Woodard Bay Rd. Continue approximately 1.5 miles and merge left onto Libby Rd. Take an immediate right back onto Woodard Bay Rd. Travel approximately .5 miles and the parking area is on the left just before crossing the Woodard Bay Bridge. The site is behind a locked gate that is accessible by contacting DNR.

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.