Skamania County Shoreline Master Program

Final approval

On Dec. 15, 2020, we approved Skamania County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. 

Skamania County’s updated SMP is effective Dec. 29, 2020, 14 days after we provided notice to the county that their SMP was approved.

The updated SMP entirely replaces the county’s existing program, last amended in 1986.  It will guide development and activities along approximately 581 miles of rivers and creeks, plus approximately 166 miles of lake shorelines, including shorelines of statewide significance: the Columbia, Wind, Little White Salmon, White Salmon, and Lewis Rivers, Trout Lake Creek, Swift Reservoir, and Spirit Lake; as well as numerous other tributary streams, creeks, and smaller lakes. The proposed program prioritizes water-oriented uses and development within the county’s shoreline areas; identifies potential restoration projects for future shoreline restoration efforts in a Restoration Plan; and, establishes separate critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction. 

Conditional approval

On Nov. 2, 2020, we provided Skamania County with required and recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their SMP.

The required and recommended changes are based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and input received during our public comment period. We held a public comment period on Skamania County’s proposed comprehensive update to their SMP.

Mail and email notices were used to notify interested parties of the public comment period that was held Oct. 25 to Nov. 30, 2017. We also issued a blog post to encourage public participation and comment.  Four written comment letters were received. Comments focused on archeology and cultural resources, critical areas, boating facilities, tribal treaty rights, setbacks, and restoration. On Dec. 28, 2017 we sent a summary of comments to the county for response.  The public comments and the county’s responses have been incorporated into a Comment Response Summary.

Documents related to approval

Note: all documents are in PDF format.

If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Michelle McConnell at the email or phone number listed below.


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(3), an interested party may file an appeal with the Shoreline Hearings Board within 30 days of the publication date of our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in the Skamania County Pioneer legal ads on Dec. 30, 2020