Making Fishing Accessible Takes Teamwork

Leavenworth,  Unlimited’s Icicle Valley Chapter is teaming up with the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery to make sure all anglers can reach the river. Work is scheduled for May 14 and 21 to repair and improve the trail leading to the accessible fishing platform on Icicle Creek.

The platform was installed in the 1990s by the Icicle Valley Chapter, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and supported by a wide array of community partners. Two thousand hours of volunteer labor by members of Trout Unlimited went into the project. Current president Bob Stroup is proud of the accomplishment and of the long-term success of the partnership between the Icicle Valley Chapter and the hatchery. “It is important to know that the federal government and private non-profit organizations such as ours are working together to provide the public with recreational experiences.”

Over the years, the trail has been damaged by tree roots, erosion, and floods. This spring’s work will focus on re-setting railroad ties along the edge of the path, smoothing and evening the surface, and cleaning up debris. The work comes just in time for spring Chinook salmon fishing, which may open that same week. Those interested in helping with the project may contact Bob at 509-548-7662.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov

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