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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 bald eagle nest on the south end of Bayley Lake is not active this year. The area closure has been rescinded and the buoys and area closed signs removed. 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.

 

Attention! Update on Other Closures

 

The Rookery Road segment of the auto tour from the junction of Bear Creek Road to River Camp is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic until further notice due to logging activity and unstable road surfaces resulting from excessive runoff.   The remainder of the auto tour remains open and camping is allowed in River Camp.

"The bald eagle nest on the south end of Bayley Lake is not active this year. The area closure has been rescinded, and the buoys and area closed signs removed."


 

Last Updated: May 17, 2017
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