Budget Impasse May Mean Recreation Closures

15 State Parks in NCW and Fishing Seasons Statewide Could Close

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A tentative agreement on a budget is said to be working its way through Olympia. The question is whether it will get put into place before this weekend. If they fail, 15 state parks in North Central Washington would close just in time for one of the busiest weekends of the summer.

Just in this area, closures would impact:  Wenatchee Confluence, Lincoln Rock, Daroga, Lake Chelan, 25-Mile Creek, Lake Wenatchee, Alta Lake, Pearrygin Lake, Bridgeport, Conconully, Steamboat Rock, Sun Lakes-Dry Falls, Potholes and Curlew Lake State Parks.

In addition, a government shutdown in Washington would close non-tribal fishing seasons on lakes, rivers, and saltwater marine areas throughout the state. The only exception would be the commercial and recreational Dungeness crab fisheries currently in progress off the Washington coast. All other fisheries would be closed, including those on the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and on rivers, streams, and lakes across the state.

A state shutdown would delay the start of several fishing seasons that are scheduled to open in early July, including recreational crabbing in parts of Puget Sound and the popular sockeye salmon fishery at Baker Lake in Whatcom County. WDFW staff would not be available to process rule changes required to open other fisheries, including the potential sockeye fishery at Lake Wenatchee in Chelan County. And all WDFW boat launches and water access sites would be closed.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in East Wenatchee with his wife, Marion and has one daughter, Gracie (21) and two stepsons Trent (26) and Taylor (21).