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Posted on: April 17, 2014

14-016 Public invited to help with updated master plan for Kopachuck State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a second workshop to develop an updated master plan for Kopachuck State Park near Gig Harbor.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Commons at Kopachuck Middle School, 10414 56th St. N.W., Gig Harbor.

The planning process under way is intended to result in a master plan based on the park’s current status as a day-use operation and in keeping with land classifications adopted as part of a 2010 park planning process.

In 2010, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission conducted a four-stage Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) process to identify issues and gather public input on the park. State Parks approved land classifications and a long-term boundary for Kopachuck in January, 2011. Since that time, the park was found to be infested with laminated root rot, a disease that affected many of the mature Douglas-fir trees. Subsequently, in 2012, many trees were removed. The park is now day-use only, and the forested campground remains closed to ensure greater public safety.

At the meeting on April 30, staff will present the preliminary plan developed by an ad-hoc planning committee formed before the first planning meeting that occurred on Feb. 11. The public also may view the presentation from the February meeting online at Public comment may be shared at the meeting or sent via e-mail to

Kopachuck is a 109-acre marine park with 5,600 feet of saltwater shoreline on Henderson Bay. The park includes Cutts Island, a half mile from shore and reachable only by boat. Kopachuck is known for its scenic views of the Olympic Mountains and sunsets over Puget Sound.
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