Outdoors


Mike Maltais/QCH Young anglers line the bank at the lagoon in Bridgeport’s Marina Park during last Saturday’s annual Hooked on Kids Fishing Derby.
BRIDGEPORT – Earlier this year Bridgeport Mayor Janet Conklin went out on a limb and advised the city council that she was going to go ahead with plans to hold the city’s annual Hooked on Kids Fishing Derby even though the COVID pandemic was mandating restrictions on most events and gatherings. As...

Courtesy John Kruse Anglers fishing for trout at Lake Easton State Park.
June offers lots of low-cost opportunities to fish and play on our public lands. Here’s a roundup of what’s available. FREE FISHING AND PARKS PLAY - June 12th and 13th are free fishing days in Washington State where no license is required to wet a line. These are also days where no Discover Pass...

Courtesy John Kruse Tom Burlingame and Rick Hoffert with a quality black rockfish.
Our annual trip to Neah Bay near the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula was a longtime coming, but well worth the wait. My fishing buddy Rusty Johnston and I made the trek to Neah Bay in May of 2018 and 2019 to spend time with Tom and Dora Burlingame, the owners of the Inn at Neah Bay and Excel...

A fisher in Chelan County with her newborn kit – Photo courtesy Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
There’s a lot of news to cover this week when it comes to the outdoors in our region so let’s get to it:   Fishers Breeding In Chelan County – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports the birth of first wild fishers in the North Cascades in a half century. Fishers are a house-cat...
CHELAN - The Lake Chelan Men’s Golf Club will be hosting the 2021 Apple Cup Open Golf Tournament on July 17 and 18 at the Lake Chelan Golf Course. Golfers will compete in 2-player teams and the format is Best Ball competition on Saturday, July 17 and Combined Score on Sunday, July 18. This...

Courtesy John Kruse A Washington State Park Ranger chats with a bicyclist on the Cascades to Palouse State Park Trail in South Cle Elum.
Good news from Washington State Parks. The Cascades to Palouse State Park Trail now offers 100 miles of virtually unimpeded access for bicyclists, horseback riders and hikers between North Bend and the Columbia River near Beverly. This comes about with the recent renovation of the Renslow Trestle...

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...

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