Preacher Slough Road near Montesano closed for construction

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that Preachers Slough Road near Montesano will close for construction of a river access site for small boats on January 6, 2014. DNR expects the site to be open by January 24, 2014.

The construction project is located within the DNR-managed Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve. The trailhead parking and interpretive trail near Washington State Route 107 will remain open.

View a map of the closed area here:


Improved river access for small boats, canoes, and kayaks

The Preachers Slough Road project will improve existing public access to the Chehalis River in the natural area preserve. The new site will help protect water quality and nearby wildlife habitat from damaging impacts. It will also improve the user experience at the site.

Funding for the project comes from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which is a state grant program managed by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

DNR Natural Areas Program

DNR conserves more than 152,000 acres of lands and features in designated natural area preserves and natural resources conservation areas, protecting the highest-quality examples of natural Washington and providing opportunities for research, environmental education and low-impact recreation.