Washington State Representative Larry Haler recently introduced a bill which would restrict access to our public waterways unless a designated parking and access site is constructed.
Find Your Legislator and let them know how you feel about this bill. If you live out of state, but fish Washingtons rivers, lakes, streams and shorelines, please speak up and contact the Governors Office and send Gov. Jay Inslee a note. It only takes a minute.
(1) If a parcel of public land is one-quarter of a square mile or less in size and is adjacent to a body of public water and the land is or can be used to access the body of public water, the governmental entity which has jurisdiction of the land must provide adequate public parking for persons utilizing the land to access the water.
(2) If adequate public parking is not provided, using the land to access the water for other than a governmental purpose is prohibited. If adequate public parking is not provided, the governmental entity which has jurisdiction of the land must post a warning sign for the public that clearly shows that using the land to access the water is prohibited and states the sanction for a violation of the prohibition.
(3) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.