Community meeting Tuesday, September 11 on boat access to Elk River NRCA

Elk River NRCA
Elk River NRCA and fisher. Photo courtesy of Christian Cabanero/2010.

Very few locations exist for public access to the waters within Elk River Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). Skiffs, canoes and kayaks are ideal to explore the natural area, as low impact uses fit the mission of the NRCA. DNR wants to provide that opportunity for the public.

DNR has been working to find a good point of access for a launch on Beardslee Slough. Currently, none exists except across private lands.

DNR received funding from the 2011 Legislature  for the project.

At a community meeting on September 11, the Natural Areas Program will show three alternative configurations for the proposed project. The public will have the chance to review and ask questions about  the preliminary design concepts that would provide water access for hand-launched and small, trailered boats in Beardslee Slough. The public also will be able to comment on the proposals.

When:          6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, 2012—to conclude by 8:30 p.m.

Where:        Westport Maritime Museum, McCausland Hall, 2201 Westhaven Drive, Westport

Comments also may be submitted in writing to DNR by September 30, 2012, by mail to: Washington Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources & Conservation Division, ATTN: Elk River Boat Launch, PO Box 47016, Olympia, WA 98504-7016, or by email to: with the subject line “Elk River Boat Launch Comment.”

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