FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2009
DNR to close Lake Spokane Campground and boat launch September 15
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that it will close the Lake Spokane Campground and boat launch for the season on September 15. Lake Spokane Campground, formerly known as Long Lake Campground, is a popular site that includes overnight camping, day-use facilities and boat launch facilities. The Lake Spokane Campground is located north of Reardan in Stevens County.
DNR’s Recreation Program, which oversees the Lake Spokane Campground, has experienced major cuts to its budget this year. Due to these cuts and maintenance work that needs to be completed, DNR made the decision to close the area for the remainder of the season. The area will re-open in May 2010, in time for the summer recreation season.
For more information about the closure, call DNR’s Northeast Region office at 509-684-7474.
Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR manages more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic, agricultural, conservation and urban lands. Most recreation on these lands takes place in the 2.1 million acres of forests that DNR manages as state trust lands. By law, DNR manages state trust lands to produce income for schools, universities, prisons, state mental hospitals, community colleges, local services in many counties, and the state’s general fund. State trust lands are also managed to provide fish and wildlife habitat and educational and recreational opportunities.
DNR-managed lands provide a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.
DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive experience in a natural setting.
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program communications manager, 360-902-1523, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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