Outdoors

This group of two-dozen-plus salmon fishing boats was part of more than a hundred working the Columbia River near the mouth of the Okanogan River east of Brewster last Thursday, July 30. The numbers are likely to ramp up after August 3 when the daily sockeye limit increases from three to four fish...
OLYMPIA–Communities wanting to conserve forest lands now have a state grant program to help, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. Beginning Sept. 1, communities can apply for grants of up to $3 million in the newly created Community Forests Program. The grants must be...
OLYMPIA – Due to the extremely dry, hot weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in campfire restrictions, industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) and fire danger ratings on DNR-protected lands. These changes come on the heels of...

Kimberly Loomis holds up a limit of sockeye she and her husband Bob caught out of Lake Wenatchee. / Photo Courtesy Bob Loomis
Anticipation is running strong for the Lake Wenatchee sockeye season opening August 3. This season is never a sure thing, always dependent on the number of salmon returning up the Wenatchee River to this wood-lined lake in the Central Cascades and there have not been enough salmon returning for a...

Each salmon on the Dream Catcher is scanned with a T-wand to detect a coded wire tag (CTW) that detects a hatchery-reared fish before being loaded into a rubber transport boot. / Mike Maltais/QCH
BREWSTER – While more than 100 sportfishing boats plied the Columbia River for Chinook and sockeye salmon near the mouth of the Okanogan River last Thursday, July 30, a crew of Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) fisheries workers were transloading adult summer Chinook broodstock from a catch boat...
    LEAVENWORTH -  The Chikamin Fire (located in the Chikamin Ridge area 22 miles north of Leavenworth) is currently 260 acres with approximately 143 personnel assigned to the incident.   Yesterday (August 2) firefighters, along with a heavy equipment, utilized the cooler...

Georgia loves time on the trail.
Looking for a fun way to enjoy the dog days of summer?  Take your dog on a hike!   I did just that last week with Georgia, my springer spaniel.  With a hot day forecast the two of us arrived at the trailhead for the Icicle Gorge Loop Trail in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near...
WENATCHEE - Campfire restrictions went into effect on July 24 on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Campfires will be allowed only in designated developed campgrounds and congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas. In all other areas, including dispersed camping areas, building, maintaining...
OLYMPIA – Today, July 24, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced it will begin limiting the number of visitors at two state parks in Chelan county. To avoid overcrowding, Lake Chelan and Lake Wenatchee state parks staff will close day-use areas to additional visitors when...
Wenatchee – Beginning Friday, July 24, campfire restrictions go into effect on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Campfires will be allowed only in designated developed campgrounds and congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas. In all other areas, including dispersed camping areas,...

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