Outdoors


Horsethief Lake and Horsethief Butte at Columbia Hills State Park – J. Kruse
Last week’s edition outlined all of the public lands that were open in Washington State, albeit with several restrictions.  We edited that column several times, trying to keep up with the rapid changes coming at us as state and federal agencies revise rules while combating the coronavirus...

Spencer Spit State Park – J. Kruse
In this time of uncertainty, stress and social distancing one sure fire way to unwind and get your mind off the news about the coronavirus pandemic is to get outside.  Our public lands in Washington State are waiting for you though there are a few restrictions.  STATE PARKS:  There are 125 state...
The States of Washington and Oregon have taken a number of actions in the last week that will affect both our fish populations and those who fish for them.  Here’s a brief rundown of the four issues at the forefront this week: GILLNETS TO REMAIN IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER IN 2020:  The Directors of the...
Fishing Reports: STEELHEAD:  Bob Kratzer with Anglers Guide Service in Forks reports steelhead fishing has picked up in several Olympic Peninsula streams.  The problem at this time of year is rain, especially heavy rain that blows out the rivers and makes them difficult to fish.  Your best bet (in...

Can you identify which creature made these tracks?
Have you ever stepped over an animal track, noticed a pile of scat or scratches on a tree and wondered, who made it? Learn about the fundamentals of wildlife tracking by joining Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) and professional wildlife tracker and educator Marcus Reynerson of Wilderness Awareness...
OLYMPIA – Marine law enforcement agencies on Washington state’s marine and fresh waterways will conduct safety emphasis patrols over Labor Day weekend — specifically targeting stand up paddleboarders. The goal is to educate them about laws and safe practices. “Stand up paddleboarders need to know...
DOWNS LAKE WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRITS By John Kruse Suffering from a case of the summertime blues?  Is life’s fast and frantic pace stressing you out?  There’s a tonic for that and you’ll find it at the most unlikely of named destinations, Downs Lake. That’s where I went a few weeks ago after loading...
Leavenworth Zip Lines Leavenworth Ziplines is a part of Mountain Springs Lodge which is a beautiful retreat and conference center that is located in Plain, Washington, just a 20 minute drive from the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. Mountain Springs Lodge has a rich history dating back to 1895 when...
Rock Climbing Washington is renowned for its excellent rock climbing options throughout the state. The Leavenworth area is no different, and your best bet to be like Spider Man probably comes at Peshastin Pinnacles State Park, a couple of miles east of Leavenworth on U.S. Highway 2. Or discover the...

The Leavenworth city pool is a popular place on a warm summer day.
The Leavenworth city pool is a popular place on a warm summer day.

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