Outdoors


A family of campers enjoys the amenities at an Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest campground. USDA Forest Service photo.
WENATCHEE – The Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proposing to raise fees and establish new fees at certain Forest Service recreation sites in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Tonasket Ranger District of the Colville National Forest and is...

Courtesy John Kruse Arrowleaf balsamroot, phlox and lupine
This is the time of year when the landscapes of Central and Eastern Washington are so beautiful you would think they are Claude Monet paintings come to life. May and early June offer opportunities to enjoy splashes of yellow, white, pink and purple across the hills. But what flowers are they?...
Attention birders: Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) and the NCW Audubon Society are excited to announce the return of Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, offering both live and virtual events! This year, Dennis Paulson is being welcomed to present the virtual keynote presentation covering The...
BREWSTER – The biggest annual fundraiser for the Brewster Boys and Girls Club (BBGC) is its annual golf tournament which this year will be held Monday, Sept. 13, at Gamble Sands Golf Course according to the official flyer and registration form released last Friday, May 7. This year’s tournament...

Courtesy John Kruse A typical hatchery trout caught with a Mack’s Cripplure.
The lowland lake opener is generally the most popular day of the year for fishing. Thousands of anglers young, old and in between venturing to stocked lakes around the state hoping to catch a quick limit of stocked rainbow trout. While interest in fishing is at an all-time high, cool weather and...

Courtesy Mike Carey, Northwest Fishing Reports Kokanee catches like these Lake Washington Kokanee, have been hard to come by this year at Lake Roosevelt.
Lake Roosevelt Kokanee and more:   Several readers have recently contacted me about the lack of Kokanee at Lake Roosevelt so far this year. This prompted me to reach out to Chris Donley, the regional Fish Program Director for the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, to ask him about Kokanee...
WENATCHEE - Forest Service crews plan to use prescribed/controlled good fire across 2,400 acres in the Methow Valley Ranger District this spring.   “Prescribed fire and thinning activities could start as early as mid-April, depending upon local weather conditions, and extend through mid-...

Courtesy photo Prescribed burning is a planned or controlled fire used to meet forest health management objectives in a specific area usually designated by officials as an area needing management due to years of fire exclusion.
NCW - As summer approaches, we not only begin to think about backyard barbecue's and outdoor family vacations, but also about the fire season ahead. This is the time of year we begin to examine the areas around our house and property after the long winter and look for ways to protect our home and...

Courtesy John Kruse Tate Webb (left) and Micah Hart won two hourly weigh-ins and the Skeeter bass boat they are standing in front of.
The biggest bass tournament to hit the Pacific Northwest in a long time took place April 10 at Potholes Reservoir in the Columbia Basin. The competition in question was the Berkley Big Bass Tournament and Ground Zero was MarDon Resort, a place that has hosted more than it’s share of fishing...
WENATCHEE - Forest Service crews plan to use prescribed/controlled good fire across 2,400 acres in the Methow Valley Ranger District this spring.   “Prescribed fire and thinning activities could start as early as mid-April, depending upon local weather conditions, and extend through mid-...

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