1. Bat maternity ward at Fort Casey

    Bats get maternity ward at fort casey
    People and pets are not the only mammals with camping privileges at Fort Casey Historical State Park. On March 13, staff installed two handmade bat boxes for the park’s bat maternity colony.

  2. Beaver dam mitigation

    Parks resolve flooding caused by beaver dams
    Washington state parks are often tasked with balancing the needs of their human and non-human residents and visitors. This spring, the agency resolved flooding caused by beaver dams at Millersylvania and Lake Sylvia state parks. 
  3. New sidewalk at Peace Arch

    New sidewalk at Peace arch links two parks, two nations
    Peace Arch State Park staff, with the help of local, state, national and international partners, has added 413 feet of sidewalk alongside I-5 from the border to the U.S. Customs Building. Pedestrians can enjoy a safer walk between Washington and British Columbia and from the park’s parking lot to the famous arch.
  4. Kukutali Preserve improvements completed

    Centennial Trail gets a rehab after severe winter storms

    After parts of the Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail were damaged by 2017 winter storms, State Parks Capital program and FEMA completed restorations to the well-loved mixed-use trail, that once again allows it to run from Nine Mile Recreation Area, through Spokane to the Idaho border.
  5. Kukutali Preserve improvements completed

    State Parks, Tribe complete development of Kukutali Preserve 

    Washington State Parks and its partner, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, recently finished development of the Kukutali Preserve, a rare landform on the Swinomish Reservation that is co-owned by Parks and the Tribe. The enhancements to Kukutali improve visitor access, interpretation of the land and protection of its fragile environment.
  6. Olallie bike trails

    Olallie adds miles of mountain bike trail 

    Washington State Parks is committed to better trails for a diversity of user groups. Last fall, Parks collaborated with several partners to add 9-plus miles of mountain bike trails to Olallie State Park. 
  7. Willapa Hills Trail

    State Parks adds 4 miles to Willapa Hills Trail

    Washington State Parks recently extended the Willapa Hills State Park Trail by 4 miles, with the help of a number of state and federal agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations.
  8. Clean Vessel Program

    10 million gallons of sewage out of Washington waterways in 2016

    Nobody likes to think about sewage in their swimming lakes, fishing coves and shellfish beds. Untreated sewage poses health and environmental risks, and it’s just gross. In 2016, Washington’s Clean Vessel Program, managed by Washington State Parks, kept 10 million gallons of waste out of our waterways, and the work continues.
  9. Clean Vessel Program

    State Parks removes 15 fish barriers to improve salmon passage

    The salmon are happy at Potlach, Dosewallips and Flaming Geyser state parks. 
    Just over a year after Washington State Parks removed 15 culverts in eight state parks to improve salmon migration, hundreds of fish have returned for the first time in decades.

  10. Moran State Park lookout tower restored

    Historic lookout tower restored at Moran State Park

    Washington State Parks recently completed major restoration work on the Mount Constitution lookout tower. The upper deck and summit house were preserved using a blend of modern, historically similar and original materials. Parks’ 2015-17 capital budget funded the work