Welcome to Washington Water Trails Association, where the public’s right to access Washington’s waters is paramount. WWTA is your advocate, working to expand, protect, and steward Washington’s amazing aquatic natural resources. Check the calendar for upcoming events; spring is right around the corner.
We checked on our first-ever site at Camano Island State Park July 31, 2017, and it’s looking good, although the sign post could use a bit of paint! This site was established by Tom Steinburn on April 24th, 1993, and is just waiting for someone to make it their home for the night. While it is reserved for human-powered craft, anyone can walk-in to enjoy it, as long as it’s not being used.
Don Crook and Michael Silence have been going to great effort to update signs all throughout the San Juan Islands. A big thanks to them and all of our volunteers! If you would like to volunteer, email or give us a call.
UPDATE: Hanford Reach is off the list. It will remain a National Monument.
Read more here. Tri-City Herald
“The Hanford Reach, the Columbia River’s last non-tidal, free-flowing stretch, makes up most of this section. The area is marked by vistas and tall bluffs, and is rich in archaeology, history, wildlife and plant life. The chalky cliffs at White Bluffs hold fossils thousands of years old. As you paddle, be on the lookout for deer, coyotes, pelicans, bald and golden eagles, and dozens of other waterfowl.” – Greater Columbia Water Trail (website)
Blind Island Work Party
We had a clean up crew at Blind Island, Saturday, May 20, who tackled blackberry bushes and generally spruced up the water trail site there. This work group was full, but we will have many other opportunities to help assess and do clean ups at numerous sites throughout the upcoming paddling season. Thank you, volunteers. Stay tuned for more opportunities to take care of water trail sites.
Blake Island Work Party
WWTA volunteers returned to Blake Island State Park for annual maintenance at the Cascadia Marine Trail campsite Saturday, April 8. They planted 1,500 dune grass starts and spiffed up the three tent sites for the coming season. Shout out to Paul Ruppert of Washington State Parks who transported volunteers by boat on a blustery day.
ACTION ALERT – Call and email the Legislature now.
Claw back private shoreline!
The citizen evaluated and ranked WWRP Water Access Barnum Point purchase will not be funded under the State House of Representatives’ recent Capital Budget proposal which unfairly targeted and cut 15 WWRP acquisition projects. It was a top-ranked project that should have received funding under balanced funding allocation formula previously approved by the Legislature. This Island County property would create a 129 acre park with over a mile of PUBLIC shoreline. It’s the best mix of private, Whidbey Camano Land Trust, and public, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, funding. Stanwood High School students have donated $10,000.
Call 800.562.6000 or email your Representatives and forcefully let then know that the integrity of the program should be respected, that Barnum Point and 14 other valuable acquisition projects should be fully restored to WWRP.
Please note the brighter wwta.org website with improved navigation and more information coming on the Cascadia Marine Trail. WWTA members no longer have to sign in. Bear with us as we make these changes and email us any glaring errors as we progress. Thank you