FISHING – The “Take Me Fishing” trailer geared up with free loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait is heading to Idaho Panhandle lakes this month staffed by Idaho Fish and Game and volunteers to encourage people of any age to try fishing.
“The Panhandle Region trailer program held three events each week in May while kids were in school, and now that school is out we are offering four events each week on area waters the last three weeks in June,” said Phil Cooper, department educator.
After singing in or borrowing gear from the trailer, people of any age can fish without a license during the hours of the events. All other rules such as size limits and daily bag limits apply.
“Idaho children 13 years old and under can fish without a license all year,” Cooper said. “These events give their parents, older siblings and friends the opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license.”
Upcoming scheduled fishing events include:
Today: Lake Chatcolet (Heyburn State Park) 3-6 p.m.
June 17: Post Falls Park Pond: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 20: Jewel Lake: 3-6 p.m.
June 21: Cocolalla Lake: 3-6 p.m.
June 22: Fernan Lake: 3-6 p.m.
June 24: Rose Lake: 11a.m.-4 p.m.
June 27: Chase Lake: 3-6 p.m.
June 28: Freeman Lake: 3-6 p.m.
June 29: Lake Chatcolet (Heyburn State Park): 3-6 p.m.
Porcupine Road remains closed
BOATING – The access road to Porcupine Bay campground and boat launch on Lake Roosevelt continues to be blocked by an unstable site of an April 2 landslide. Repair options are still being studied and no date has been set for a fix, according to the Lincoln County Public Works Department.
Federal emergency funding has been secured and a damage inspection has been completed. A final report on repair alternatives could take two months to complete.
Meanwhile, the popular campground and boat launch is closed, funneling more congestion to other national recreation area sites such as Fort Spokane.
Tree-climb guides at Deception Pass
PARKS – Guided educational tree-climbing adventures are debuting at Deception Pass State Park near Oak Harbor organized by AdventureTerra of Seattle.
Certified tree climbing guides teach and oversee the technical roped climbs. The company outfits climbers with mandatory helmets, harnesses, safety glasses, foot holds and ascenders.
Climbers pay $149 for the four-hour activity, including sunset climbs, open to visitors age 7 and up.