Lake Kapowsin Update – April 2


Hello to those interested in Lake Kapowsin:

It has been a few months since DNR’s last public meeting regarding the Lake Kapowsin Aquatic Reserve.  We would like to provide you with an update regarding DNR’s progress on the aquatic reserve proposal, and current developments.

  • The reserves program assembled a technical review committee of people that are experts in a variety of specialty areas that include geology, fish biology, lake ecology, freshwater wetland ecology, and watershed management to review the reserve proposal and provide recommendations to DNR for the reserve. The committee has met once, and will convene for a field visit to Lake Kapowsin in April.
  • Upon completion of the technical review committee’s recommendations DNR will begin recruiting local citizens to be part of a management planning committee to represent the community and assist in the development of a draft management plan for Lake Kapowsin.   Community meetings will be scheduled to discuss and comment on the draft plan as it is being developed.
  • DNR contracted with Hamer Environmental to conduct a biological inventory at Lake Kapowsin.  Their work began in January and will be completed by the end of June.
  • To supplement the biological inventory our team has received training from the Pierce County Conservation District and is collecting monthly water quality data at the lake. NW Trek has also trained DNR staff to conduct amphibian monitoring.  To date we have found NW salamander egg masses along the lake shore and wetlands.
  • Our Puget SoundCorps team is planning an Earth Day work party on the April 23rd to clean up trash from the lake shoreline.  We plan to meet at the boat launch at 10:00 a.m.  We are recruiting for volunteers.  Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us for this event. My contact information is included below.
  • On March 16, the Pierce County Council adopted resolution R2015-20.  The action section of the resolution reads:

“The Council encourages all interested parties, including the Department of Natural Resources and the Legislature, to work to develop a park at Lake Kapowsin that will encourage water dependent uses and improve public access.”  The final signed version of the resolution can be found at;

DNR supports public access opportunities at the lake consistent with current uses.  We have contacted Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department and they will be included in the development of the management plan as DNR moves through the reserve designation process.  Finally, DNR continues to be committed to protecting the lake’s character and unique habitat as it is today for fish and aquatic life.

We look forward to working with the community in the development of the Aquatic Reserve Management Plan.  Please contact me if you have any questions.


Birdie Davenport

Aquatic Reserve Program Manager

Department of Natural Resources


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