Zylstra Lake Preserve Acquisition

Category Overview

Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.

Project Highlights

The San Juan County Land Bank will use this grant to purchase 271 acres in fee for public recreation on San Juan Island. The property is located at the south end of the island off San Juan Valley Road and is adjacent to other protected lands. The property includes both Upper Zylstra Lake and Lower Zylstra Lake. The primary public recreational opportunity provided by this project is freshwater lake access for swimming, nonmotorized boating, wildlife viewing, and hiking.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: San Juan County Land Bank Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: 1067225 Applicant Match: 1226900 Project Type: Acquisition County: San Juan Legislative District: 40 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1627

Location Details

From the ferry landing, proceed on Spring Street which becomes San Juan Valley Road. The site is 2.4 miles from the edge of the town of Friday Harbor.

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.