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.
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.