The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley is one of a kind: a wild and conserved haven for outdoor recreation, only minutes from one of the nation’s largest metro areas. It lies in the center of the Mountains to Sound Greenway, a spectacular 100-mile corridor along Interstate 90 where communities are connected by vast, conserved natural lands. The Valley provides a variety of recreational opportunities including kayaking, rafting, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and a gateway to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
The Middle Fork is an amazing comeback story. Once overrun by crime and illegal dumping, it has been reclaimed through years of incredible efforts by volunteers in cooperation with public agency staff. Now designated as a Wild and Scenic River, the Middle Fork is a spectacular example of what is possible when people make the choice to care for the places we connect with nature.
The next challenge is building a model for sustainable recreation in the face of rapidly rising usage. With its proximity to fast-growing Seattle and the 2017 completion of the first paved road into the Valley, people are about to discover the Middle Fork in a big way. With budgets dwindling for management of public lands everywhere, meeting this challenge in the Middle Fork will require a new solution that includes cross-sector collaboration, private investment, volunteerism, and above all, the unmatched passion of Pacific Northwest people for their wild surroundings.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust has assembled a ground-breaking coalition of recreational groups, business leaders, nonprofits, and the public agencies managing the Valley in a community-wide, cooperative effort to create a recreational system that will sustain the Middle Fork’s natural beauty and vast recreational opportunities for many generations to come. Get involved!