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Angler criticizes locked gate at Lenice Lake

FLY FISHING -- In a letter to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's Ephrata office, a Spokane angler leaves the barb unclipped in his criticism of the access barrier at Lenice Lake, a Grant County selective fishery popular with fly fishermen.

"On a recent trip to Lake Lenice we were again confronted by the total lack of reasonable access due to the placement of a locked gate and the horizontal welded pipe which everyone must somehow get his fishing tackle and floating craft across to go fishing.

"The gate is too high to step over and too low to get most equipment under. Lifting equipment over the horizontal bars is the only solution but it takes two or more people.

"And then there is the recently installed Handicapped Accessible toilet 40 yards inside the gate which no handicapped person could ever reach. What kind of thinking goes into the placement of a Handicapped Accessible toilet 40 yards beyond the locked gate and 4 strand barbed wire fence? Every fisherman I talked with feels the same as I do but probably won’t write and complain."

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