MEADOWDALE — Snohomish County’s Meadowdale Beach Park remains open, but beach access is shut down seasonally to allow for salmon passage.
County parks staff earlier this week removed a metal grate that allows people to walk through a tunnel under the railroad tracks near the beach. The move is intended to allow coho and chum salmon, as well as steelhead, to swim into Lund’s Gulch Creek.
The county anticipates reopening the tunnel to people next spring, depending on conditions, said Tom Murdoch, director of the Adopt A Stream Foundation, which has been helping to monitor local fish populations.
The closure is intended to allow time for adult salmon to spawn and for juvenile fish to mature enough to safely migrate to Puget Sound.
A mile-long wooded trail, through Lund’s Gulch, remains open down to the park’s picnic area.