Daniel Dziekan, 509-892-1001 Ext. 311
Staci Lehman, Public Affairs, 509-892-7853
SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) public water access site at Liberty Lake in eastern Spokane County will be closed July 10 and 11 for treatment of the lake to control Eurasian milfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed. This restriction will aid in controlling noxious weeds, improving open water habitat for fish, and enhancing public enjoyment of the lake.
The Liberty lake Sewer and Water District will treat 38 acres of the lake for the invasive weeds. While WDFW has no role in the herbicide treatment, partnering with the parties involved to close the public boat launch makes the treatment more effective. Boat traffic on the shallow and relatively round lake and associated launch traffic can hamper the crew’s work, while wake and wave action moves the chemical off of the intended treatment areas.
Herbicide will be administered on July 10 and the public access will stay closed the following day, reopening late the afternoon of July 11.
Liberty Lake is located about 20 miles southeast of Spokane, about five miles west of the Idaho border, and is open for fishing from March 1 to October 31.
WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities.