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Updates of Fishing and Camping Closures

McDowell Water control Structure








Due to the replacement of water control structures on McDowell Lake and Potter's pond, some necessary changes to access and restrictions will be implemented regarding fishing and camping opportunities. Please see below for details.



The staff at Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, Colville, WA wants to make visitors aware of some changes to fishing opportunities at the refuge this spring. The replacement of the failed water control structures on McDowell Lake and Potter’s Pond will cause some inconvenience for refuge anglers this spring and summer.

The water level in McDowell Lake is about 8 feet lower than normal.  Fishing is allowed beginning the opening day of fishing season under normal regulations.  However, access to the water is difficult due to the lowered lake level.  Fishing is also restricted at the south end of the lake to minimize disturbance to an active bald eagle nest.  Anglers are required to launch and fish north of the area closed signs.  River Camp will be open, but sometime this summer the campground and access to McDowell Lake will be temporarily closed for visitor safety while the water control structure is being replaced.  

Potter’s Pond has been drained and the fish moved to Bayley Lake in preparation for water control structure replacement.  Bayley Lake is full and open to fishing April 22.  The south end of Bayley Lake is temporarily closed, as planned, to protect the active bald eagle nest.  The campsites at Potter’s Pond and Bayley Lake will be available for use.  However, the access road and campsites will be closed sometime this summer for visitor safety while the Potter’s Pond water control structure is being replaced. For more information and updates please call the Refuge office at 509 684 8384 or visit this our website.


Last Updated: Apr 10, 2017
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