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June 16, 2009
Contact: Brian Trickel, (509) 892-7854

Spokane County's Silver Lake access site closed June 22-24

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) water access site on Silver Lake in southwest Spokane County will be closed June 22- 24 for installation of a boat dock and fishing pier.

The gate to the access site, on the northeast shore of the 472-acre lake, will be locked to all entry 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 22, and will not be re-opened until 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25. Signs about the temporary closure will be posted at the site.

The new dock is being installed between two boat ramps to facilitate boat launching and retrieval. The fishing pier, which will be accessible by persons with disabilities, will provide safe shoreline access for anglers without boats and serve as a wildlife viewing platform. The work is the final phase of a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant-funded project that began last year.

Silver Lake is located one mile east of the town of Medical Lake on the south side of the Medical Lake-Four Lakes Road. Open year-round, it is especially popular in spring and summer with anglers looking for tiger muskie, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, and brown and rainbow trout. A private resort on the north shore also provides access to the lake.