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Category: Camping

July
5th

Road to Windy Ridge is open

Forest Road 99 in Gifford Pinchot National Forest opened Thursday, giving visitors access to Mount St. Helens eastside attractions such as Windy Ridge, Meta Lake and the Miner’s Car as well as the Mount Margaret Backcountry.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Visitors to this remote and unique location deep within the blast-zone can see the amazing impact and recovery from the 1980 eruption. It is an experience to be had nowhere else in the world and only for a short time each year due to snow.

Mount St. Helens Ranger Cory Wall said interpreters hope to see

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May
24th

I-5 bridge collapse: Are you changing your weekend plans?

We’re looking to talk to people who are changing their Memorial Day weekend plans as a result of Thursday’s collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon.

If you have altered your plans, or know of someone who is, contact Jeff Mayor at 253-597-8640 or send an email to jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com.

May
23rd

Plenty of camping options for Memorial Day weekend

Campers will have plenty of options this holiday weekend, thanks in part to early snowmelt.

In the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the 188 campsites at Ohanapecosh Campground opens Friday. Cougar Rock Campground, between Longmire and Paradise, will not open until June 27 instead of Friday. The 173-site campground will be open six fewer weeks because of sequestration.

Park officials also said Stevens Canyon Road will open at noon Friday, not 8 a.m. as previously announced, as long as the weather.

At Olympic National Park, campgrounds opening this weekend or shifting from primitive camping to running water include

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April
19th

Grays Harbor Outdoor Adventure & Travel Expo takes place this weekend

The third annual Grays Harbor Outdoor Adventure & Travel Expo will take place this weekend at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds.

Among the highlights will be appearances Sunday by Edgar Hansen and Nick Mavar Jr. of the MV Northwestern, from the Discovery Channel television series “Deadliest Catch.” Also appearing will be Glenn Hall of Hawg Quest both days, and Nick Mundt of “The Bone Collector” show, who will appear Saturday.

Also at the expo, vendors and exhibitors will tout the outdoor experiences, products and recreational destinations that make the Grays Harbor County a worthy destination. Exhibitors include fishing guides and lodging

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Jan.
2nd

Day-use area, portion of campground reopened at Penrose Point State Park

The day-use area and first campground loop at Penrose Point State Park have reopened. State Parks and Recreation made the announcement earlier this afternoon.

Work has been taking place since September as the park has gone through a sewer system upgrade.

State Parks officials noted that the trail dump station and boat pumpout are expected to be closed through Feb. 8.

The park is located on the east side of Key Peninsula, at the head of Mayo Cove.

Oct.
29th

Deep snow above 3,000 feet in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Officials at Gifford Pinchot National Forest are reporting there is 14-18 Inches of snow above the 3,000-foot elevation line.

Substantial amounts of snow have fallen at higher evevations all over the forest, said a news release. This can be an issue for anyone planning to hunt, fish or camp on the forest.

Remember toe take chains or other traction devices when heading into the forest. Carry shovels, water, food and extra clothing. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

Oct.
16th

WDFW lifts emergency fire restrictions, but urges caution

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced it was lifting emergency fire restrictions on the land it manages throughout the state. Department officials, however, urged anyone visiting those lands to continue using caution when doing anything that could spark a wildlfire.

Greg Schirato, deputy director of the wildlife program, said the action is consistent with those of the Governor’s Office and the state Department of Natural Resources, which have lifted statewide burn bans in recent days.

“Wildfire risks are easing, particularly after the recent rains in western Washington,” Schirato said in a news release. “But it’s important that

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Sep.
21st

North Cascades/Lake Chelan joins list of burn bans

Campfires are now banned in portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park. As of today, campfires are banned in the following campgrounds and picnic areas (listed, roughly, north to south):

Bridge Creek, Bridge Creek Group, Bridge Creek Stock, Shady, Tumwater, High Bridge, Harlequin, Harlequin Group, Rainbow Falls, Purple Point, Purple Point Stock, Purple Point Overflow, Weaver Point, Manly Wham and Flick Creek.

The ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans, barbecue grills or other devices is prohibited in these places until further notice.

This ban in the middle and lower

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