Popular Thurston County water access areas get much needed renovations

Anglers, boaters, paddlers, swimmers, and wildlife watchers can enjoy new facilities at two popular water access areas in Thurston County. Thanks to grant funding provided by the Recreation and Conservation Office, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recently completed major renovation projects to install new ADA-accessible boat ramps, restrooms, and parking areas at Long Lake and Lake Lawrence.

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Larry Phillips, Coastal Region Director for WDFW, cuts the ribbon to celebrate the grand reopening of the Long Lake Water Access Area in July 2020

Long Lake

Improvements

Funding: $440,000 grant from the Recreation and Conservation Office

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Long Lake Access Area in 2019 (left) compared to how it looks today after the renovation project (right).
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Long Lake boat launch in 2019 (left) compared to new boat launch ramp (right).
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New ADA-accessible loading platform (left) and restroom and parking area (right).

Lake Lawrence

Improvements

Thanks to the Puget Sound Anglers and other volunteers for their help to remove the old concrete ramp and put in the new ramp and ADA parking.

Funding: $550,000 grant from the Recreation and Conservation Office

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Boat ramp in 2017 (left) compared to new boat ramp today (right).
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Primitive parking area in 2017 (left) compared to paved and painted parking lot today (right).
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Undeveloped parking area with graffiti on fencing (left) compared to new paved parking lot with ADA-accessible vault toilets (right).

Water access areas in Washington

Find a water access area near you on WDFW’s website.

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