Simpson Timber Company and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW) plan to re-open vehicle access to Stump Lake, a popular fishing site near the
border of Mason and Grays Harbor counties.
Stump Lake is located on Simpson Timber Company property approximately 7.5
miles northeast of Elma. The 23-acre lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout by
WDFW. Last year, Simpson was forced to close the area to vehicular traffic because of
garbage dumping, vandalism, road damage and wood theft.
A new gate was installed by WDFW at the south end of the lake and will remain
locked to restrict vehicle traffic beyond the lake. Simpson will open its main gate on
April 25 near the intersection with Cloquallum Road so fishing enthusiasts may enter
the private property. In addition, Simpson has provided trash receptacles in the area
which two private citizens have agreed to maintain. It is legal to fish beginning on
Saturday, April 26.
WDFW and Simpson ask anglers and others using Stump Lake to respect this
natural area by packing garbage out or using the receptacles, as well as observing
other private property considerations.
Simpson's main gate will remain open until June 30, barring fire danger or the
reappearance of garbage and other problems.
NOTE: Anglers fishing Stump Lake are reminded that boats are allowed but
internal combustion engines are prohibited.