Outdoors

REDUCING VEHICLE COLLISIONS WITH DEER AND ELK – Many of our readers are familiar with the lonely, barren stretches of highway and roads running along the Hanford Nuclear Reservation towards the Tri-Cities. Much of this area encompasses not only the Hanford Nuclear Reservation but also the Hanford...
A lot of fishing derbies and events have been cancelled this year thanks to Covid-19 but one that has gone on with relatively little fanfare but wide availability to the everyday angler since May is the annual trout fishing derby put on by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Running...
Camano Island offers an easy to get to vacation option away from the city through two saltwater state parks located within a mile of each other. Sitting just 67 miles away from Seattle and across two saltwater sloughs west of Stanwood, Camano Island is a rural getaway. There are no towns here,...
Looking for a way to cool off during the heat of the summer? Head to a mountain lake and be sure to bring a rod and reel because trout fishing can be fast and furious this time of year!   According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife there are some 2550 lakes sitting at an...

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 3rd. 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...
SEDO WOOLLEY – Effective Friday, August 7, campfires or the ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans, and barbeque grills, are banned in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and the area of North Cascades National Park located in Chelan County. This includes all...
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...
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...
Back in 2017 the U.S. Department of Interior rolled out a draft Environmental Impact Statement to the public, seeking comment on the idea of physically reintroducing grizzly bears back into remote portions of the North Cascades in Washington State. Several meetings were held from 2017 through 2019...

Bob Loomis and I caught these sockeye fishing the Columbia River near Brewster a few seasons back – J. Kruse
Sockeye Salmon   Sockeye fishing opened on the Columbia River from the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco to the Highway 17 Bridge in Bridgeport on July 1 and with a two fish limit angler interest is high.   Some 200,000 sockeye had passed over Bonneville Dam as of July 1. This is indeed a good run...

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