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Fishtrap Lake becoming trekking destination on heels of 4,000 volunteer hours

Following years of planning and construction, two new nonmotorized trails at Fishtrap Lake Recreation Area are finished, offering visitors an intimate view of channeled scablands that were roughed out by cataclysmic Ice Age Floods. Trail markers were set to be installed this weekend, but hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians who already had found their way around the loops since spring are giving rave reviews.

Trails Day projects Saturday at Fishtrap, Sunday at Stevens lakes

TRAILS -- Volunteers have a choice this weekend of National Trails Day projects ranging from the scablands near Fishtrap lake to alpine lakes near Lookout Pass. The Spokane Mountaineers already have crews signed up for both venues. Click here for details on signing up to...

Fishtrap Lake loop trail project needs volunteers

TRAILS – A new 8-mile loop trail planned near Fishtrap Lake by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is the target of a National Public Lands Day volunteer effort on Sept. 26 to get the job started. The Spokane Mountaineers and Washington Trails Association have...

Field reports: Fishtrap Lake trail project needs helpers

TRAILS – A new 8-mile loop trail planned near Fishtrap Lake by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is the target of a National Public Lands Day volunteer effort on Sept. 26 to get the job started. The Spokane Mountaineers and Washington Trails Association have committed members to working on the non-motorized trail, said Lynn Smith, a trails project coordinator for both groups.

Watermelon Hill fire likely to be contained today

Mike Barker gazed out across Fishtrap Lake Resort amazed at his property’s narrow escape from the 10,500-acre Watermelon Hill fire. Wildfires are an annual summer sight, but “none of them have come this close,” the resort owner said. Scorched land near the public boat launch ended just feet from resort residents’ mobile homes and trailers.

A snapshot of opening day fishing

The opening day of Washington's lowland trout fishing season is a timeless tradition for many Inland Northwest families. The fishing action and camaraderie that lures anglers to area lakes on the fourth Saturday in April is the common denominator year after year. Outdoors editor Rich Landers has been covering opening day for more than 35 years. His photos from a recent season opener at Spokane area lakes captures the essence of the day.

Field reports: Field reports: High court upholds stream access law

FISHING – A landowner’s claims that he can keep the public out of a portion of the Ruby River don’t hold water, the Montana Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision upholding the state’s stream-access laws. The 5-2 decision favored the group Public Lands Access Association Inc. in its legal dispute with James Cox Kennedy, who owns about 10 miles along the river in Madison County.

Anglers young and old turn out for season’s opening day

The fourth Saturday of April rivals any major holiday for Washington’s angling families. From across the state they rendezvous at designated lakes in advance, claiming campsites, often unleashing kids in the build-up to a weekend experience passed down through generations.

Out & About: Kid in driver’s seat for last youth hunt

OUTGOING – Daniel Kuhta, 15 (pictured above), ended his career of participating in youth upland bird hunting seasons last Sunday with a limit of pheasants at the Fishtrap Lake area. It was a bittersweet weekend with his dad, Scott, their yellow Lab, Luby, and the family’s new Lab pup, Max.

Out & About: Fishing reports coming Thursday

Fishing 2011, The Spokesman-Review’s annual update on fishing prospects, rules and opportunities throughout the Inland Northwest, will be inserted in the Thursday paper.