Columbia Basin Wildlife Area
Continuing gang-related vandalism is prompting early closure of an entrance gate to the Quincy Lakes unit of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant County.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) unit’s south entrance gate was open this year for the month of March; however, it will remain closed again until next March for one month and thereafter reopened for the month of March, only, annually. The north entrance will remain open.
The south gate closure has been helping maintenance staff reduce the level of gang-related graffiti tagging, garbage dumping and destruction of public property, including toilets, concrete walkways, parking areas and signs. Keeping one entrance gate closed has reduced unpermitted through-traffic on the north-south road through the unit. That road is traditionally closed to motor vehicles Oct. 1 through Feb. 28 during hunting season. Foot traffic is allowed year-round.
Wildlife area users are encouraged to report vandalism and any other illegal activity to local law enforcement.
For more information contact WDFW’s Northcentral Region Office in Ephrata at (509) 754-4624.