Starting in July, DNR will close a large portion of Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) through December 2014.
Woodard Bay NRCA will be closed July through December 2014 for construction. Photo by: DNR/Jessica Payne
The access point from Whitham Road, and the trails leading from this area, will be closed to protect public safety during construction of public access facilities and interpretive sites in the NRCA.
Once completed, the updated interpretative design will highlight both the ecological values and rich cultural history of Woodard Bay.
Will I be able to visit Woodard Bay NRCA this summer?
Partially. The entire NRCA will be closed for the month of July. However, the Woodard Bay Upper Overlook Trail—currently closed to protect nesting herons—will re-open in August, providing public access to views of the bay. The Overlook Trail will be accessible from the parking lot at the north end of the Chehalis Western Trail.
What’s happening at Woodard Bay NRCA?
This concept drawing shows one possible final look for Woodard Bay NRCA once construction is complete later this year. Click this image to see a larger version. Drawing by: DNR
This temporary closure marks the next phase of a larger project to restore and improve Woodard Bay NRCA.
The restoration phase was completed in March 2013, allowing DNR to develop improved educational and low-impact recreation opportunities.
In addition to the natural beauty of Woodard Bay NRCA, the area holds valuable cultural, historical, recreational, and conservation qualities.
The development project includes four major features:
- A new environmental and cultural learning shelter.
- An expanded parking lot with a new bike shelter to accommodate bike parking, since bicycle use is not allowed in the NRCA.
- Relocation of the current “boom foreman’s” office and bathroom away from the shoreline.
- Installation of several educational areas and signs.
Where can I go instead?
We encourage you to visit nearby parks and the Chehalis Western Trail during this closure. Nearby parks include:
This site is the future home of new public access facilities and interpretive sites in the Woodard Bay NRCA. Photo by: DNR/Jessica Payne
Learn more about Woodard Bay NRCA on the DNR website: http://bit.ly/WoodardBayNRCA.