March 11, 2014
Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park. The next date is March 29.
The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.
November 19, 2013
November could end before the Issaquah Creek dam project.
Originally slated for completion Sept. 15, the replacement of the old creek dam with a series of sloping weirs has fallen well off schedule. Tim Ward, project manager with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, now says he expects completion around Nov. 30.
August 27, 2013
With the Issaquah Creek dam renovation falling behind schedule, trucks will take spawning salmon upstream.
For a number of reasons, some vague, the project completion date has been pushed back from Sept. 15 to sometime in early to mid-October. That will heavily interfere with the spawning run of returning chinook and coho salmon. As a contingency, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery workers will gather the fish, truck them to a point beyond the construction and return them to the creek.
August 27, 2013
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has launched a video campaign featuring a Sasquatch family to remind people that a Discover Pass is required when visiting Washington state-managed recreation lands.
The video is available at bit.ly/SquatchFamily.
The Discover Pass is a vehicle access pass required on all Washington state-managed recreation lands. The fine for not displaying a Discover Pass is $99.
August 16, 2013
NEW – 5:45 p.m. Aug. 16, 2013
Get out your fishing pole. It will soon be time to catch large trout in Beaver Lake, thanks to the release of about 1,200 hatchery rainbows averaging about 1 pound each.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is scheduled to release the fish Aug. 20. The agency will close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset Aug. 19 and reopen the site at sunrise Aug. 21. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.
The trout are part of an educational display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
April 23, 2013
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife now has a new set of “Fish Washington” logos designed to help symbolize the state’s many great fishing opportunities.
WDFW tallied more than 1,800 votes on new logo designs via the department website and Facebook page. Now, with a few tweaks based on public suggestions, the winning set of logos has been chosen. The logos selected depict trout and bass with backgrounds of Washington state waters and wilderness.
“Fish Washington” is a new effort by the department to inform anglers about fishing opportunities in Washington via a variety of communications platforms.
April 2, 2013
Welcoming back spring also means welcoming back bears.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife heard the first spring reports of bears in the Issaquah and North Bend area during the week of March 18. Though wildlife appearance is a little early for the season, the department credited the abnormally mild winter with disrupting regular hibernation habits. That means regions of Issaquah should begin looking out for the scavenging animals.
“The Issaquah Highlands and Mirrormont are probably one of our biggest focus areas,” said Rich Beausoleil, department bear and cougar specialist.
January 15, 2013
NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2013
Washingtonians can observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lake Sammamish State Park and other state facilities, Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state forestlands, or in national forests and parks.
Officials at the agencies responsible for state and national public lands waived admission fees for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.
Visitors do not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain near Issaquah.
Mount Rainier National Park waived entrance fees to the 235,625-acre park. Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is waiving fees at more than 74 day-use sites in the forest.
Throughout the year, state and national parks waive entrance fees to promote outdoor recreation.
December 4, 2012
Homeowner funds $175,000 culvert project
Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon — a landlocked cousin of sockeye and a species noted for distinctive red coloration — dwindled in recent decades, since before Wally Pereyra moved into a house along Ebright Creek in 1973.
November 28, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering grants for residents and organizations interested in fish and wildlife conservation.
The agency expects to have about $1 million from the Aquatic Land Enhancement Account available for the grants.
The program is open to residents and organizations — including nonprofit organizations, schools and universities, American Indian tribes and local conservation districts — for volunteer projects related to conservation or to help the public enjoy and understand animal species.
Through the grants, officials fund projects related to habitat, research, education and outreach, facility development and artificial production — although the agency intends to consider other projects. Grants cannot go toward salaries, wages or stipends.