Kayak Point Park Day-Use Improvement Project

Updated 2/5/24

NEWS

The day-use area at Kayak Point Regional Park is planned to reopen on July 1, 2024, after most of Phase 1 construction is complete. It is planned to close again October 15, 2024, for Phase 2 construction to begin. Things will look different than visitors are used to, as the park is still in an interim stage during construction that will continue during the summer. The pier (usually used for fishing and crabbing) will remain closed the entire summer.  In-water construction for the new pier is required by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to occur during the summer months, when construction is least likely to impact to aquatic life. Most of the park will be open including the new boat launch and parking areas, as well as parts of the park that have not yet been updated such as the restrooms and picnic shelters. Online reservations for the picnic shelters will open March 1 at 9 a.m.  Call Center reservations open March 4 at 8:30 a.m.  All dates are subject to change.


ANNUAL PASSES

Annual Passes expiring July 2023 - August 2024 are valid (extended) through September 2024 at Kayak Point. If you have more questions about annual passes, please contact our reservation specialist at contact.parks@snoco.org or 425-388-6600 during business hours.


Who can I contact with questions?

Project planning, permitting and design questions: Carol Ohlfs

Construction questions: Rob Marchand

Media inquiries: Rose Intveld

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Snohomish County is working on renovating the day-use portion of this popular, well-loved park. The new design will provide additional recreation space, move parking away from the shoreline, improve the boat launch, and make habitat improvements. As part of implementing these changes, park infrastructure will be replaced (e.g. failing water lines and buckling asphalt) and the park will be positioned for many more years of enjoyment.


The renovation project is anticipated to cost approximately $20 million and is planned to be completed in phases as funding allows.

PROJECT UPDATES

Park Closure & Construction Information
Kayak Point Day Use Area will be open to the public July 1-October 15, 2024. It will then close again for Phase 2 construction. Dates are subject to change.

What will be different? 

  • Be aware of new traffic patterns – pay attention to all signs
  • The picnic shelters will be available
  • New boat launch lane, queuing lane, boarding float, trailer parking, tie-down areas
  • Pier construction may impact noise and traffic
What will be open?What will be closed?
  • Beach, trails, parking, restrooms
  • Picnic shelters (reservations open March 1)

  • New boat launch

  • Playground

  • Campground

  • Overflow parking

  • Pier (no access)
  • No fishing/crabbing from pier
  • Not all ADA amenities are constructed yet in the interim phase



Current StatusWork Completed
  • The pier will remain closed the entire summer while it is being worked on. In-water construction for the new pier is required by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to occur during the summer months, when construction is least likely to impact to aquatic life. 
  • Phase 2 construction planning has begun
  • Phase 1 began in July 2023 and included a single-lane, elevated boat launch, a boarding float, debris deflectors, queuing lanes, vehicle and truck/trailer parking, underground utilities, and part of the new soft backshore berm to provide park resiliency during storms and sea level rise.
  • Grant awards for Phase 1 construction from Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) include $2 million dollars of funding for the boat launch and upland improvements.
  • Mitigation funds acquired to renovate the fishing pier


What's Next?

Parks staff have applied for grants for Phase 2 construction which would include updates to the rest of the day use area recreation, habitat, and infrastructure improvements located to the north and south of the Phase 1 improvements.

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • Phase 1 construction: 2023-2024
  • Phase 2 construction: 2024
  • Due to sensitive fish spawning habitats located off the coast of Kayak Point, the new boat launch and fishing pier construction must occur during peak summer seasons.
  • Alternate boat launches are available in Everett, Marysville, and Camano Island.
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PROJECT FUNDING

  • Grant awards for Phase 1 construction from Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) include $2 million dollars of funding for the boat launch and upland improvements
  • Mitigation funds acquired to renovate the fishing pier