Lopez Channel Preserve, Lopez Island

Lopez Channel

In June 2017, the Land Bank acquired roughly 9.5 acres fronting on San Juan Channel on the west side of the island. The purchase conserves the last two lots with good access to that part of the shore and hosts roughly 465 feet of sandy beach. While the Preserve is not yet open, the public eventually will be able to also access nearly 1.3 miles of existing public tidelands (below the mean high water line) currently only reachable by boat.

We are presently assessing the ecological attributes of the property’s forest and bluff areas, and the extended shoreline, in order to craft an approach to managing the site that marries protection of the resource with allowing public use.