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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Lake Quinault open for summer time activities including fishing and boating

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The pristine Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula is open for fishing, boating and other water activities this summer.

Lake Quinault reopened in late April after the Quinault Indian Nation lifted the fishing and boating ban after being closed for almost one year.

Fishing on Lake Quinault is open through Nov. 2, and all non-tribal anglers must have a fishing permit. Fishing will only be allowed from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

The Lake Quinault Lodge has fishing, boat rentals and tours of the lake for its guests, who can also use a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks and row boats.

Boat rentals are available through October at the lodge’s boat hut on the beach or through the front desk staff. Boat tours run through mid-September leaving the dock at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The lake was closed in April of 2013 after the tribe was concerned about water pollution, invasive species, public safety and the need to protect and restore sockeye salmon habitat.

Those who bring their boats to the lake will need to pass a regulation that states it is a “certified boat” by the Quinault Department of National resources declaring it free of invasive species and bearing a sticker issued by the Quinault Indian Nation. Once the boat leaves the lake or the Quinault River, it becomes “non-certified” again.

Boats powered by internal combustion engines may only be used during fishing season and boats may not travel faster that 25 mph. Boats within 100 yards of the shore may not travel faster than 5 mph.

For more information, go to www.olympicnationalparks.com or www.quinaultindiannation.com.

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