The forest fires in central Washington could make access difficult or totally closed to Lake Wenatchee for the sockeye opener this Saturday and possibly beyond.
As of Thursday all roads are currently closed to Lake Wenatchee with several wildfires burning in the area, state officials have closed U.S. Highway 2 east of Stevens Pass as well as Old State Route 209 (“Chumstick Road”) between Leavenworth and the lake.
Washington State Parks has also closed entry to Lake Wenatchee State Park, the site of the primary boat launch on the lake.
State Fish and Wildlife officials advise anglers to check on fire and road conditions before trekking to Lake Wenatchee:
Fire Status: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3937/
Road Closures: http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx
Lake Wenatchee State Park: www.parks.wa.gov/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=167