McSorley Creek Restoration

Project summary

Washington State Parks and King County are currently designing a restoration project at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines. The mouth of McSorley Creek, which flows through the park, is currently bulkheaded with rip-rap. This project will remove the rip-rap at the creek’s mouth and create a “pocket estuary” – a tidal wetland– to make the creek more accessible for fish, such as juvenile Chinook salmon. The project will also include removing the bulkhead along the shoreline north of the creek and creating beach habitat. In addition, the project will improve recreational amenities.