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October 12, 2016
Contact: Region 4 Office, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311

WDFW water access site at Beaver Lake
(King County) to close for trout stocking

OLYMPIA – A public water access site owned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) at Beaver Lake near Issaquah will temporarily close to facilitate the annual stocking of jumbo-size rainbow trout. 

The site, which includes a boat launch, will close at sunset Oct. 18 and reopen at sunrise on Oct. 20.  However, Beaver Lake will remain open to fishing during the closure. 

WDFW is stocking the lake with 2,500 hatchery rainbows averaging about two pounds each. The fish are part of the educational display at WDFW's Issaquah Hatchery. The department releases trout into Beaver Lake each year to enhance recreational opportunity, said Justin Spinelli, fishery biologist for WDFW.

Beaver Lake is open to fishing year-round. Internal combustion boat engines are prohibited on the lake.  All anglers 15 years of age and older are required to have a valid fishing license. The daily limit for trout is five fish, only two of which can exceed 15 inches in length. 

For details, check the sport fishing rules pamphlet, available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/