BLM temporarily closes recreation sites across Washington State
Spokane, Wash. – The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the first priority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our local partners and the state of Washington, the BLM is temporarily closing the following recreation sites, effective today, to help limit the spread of COVID-19:
- Yakima River Canyon (Umtanum, Big Pines, Lmuma, and Roza)
- Chopaka Lake
- Palmer Mountain/Washburn Lake
- Rock Creek
- Twin Lakes
- Coffeepot Lake
- Lakeview Ranch
- Pacific Lake
- Patos Island
- Blind Island
- Posey Island
Many BLM-managed trails and open spaces not listed can be visited by those who live close enough that a trip does not involve non-essential travel. All restrooms are locked and services are temporarily suspended. If you have questions regarding a BLM location, please call (509)-536-1200.
The BLM encourages responsible, local recreation to avoid putting strain on other communities. Visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles. Please bring your own sanitary products, including toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and pack out all trash.
These closures are pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): 43 CFR § 8364.1, 43 CFR § 9268.3(d)(1), and 43 CFR § 8365.1-4.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.