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Lake Quinault closed until further notice

June 26, 2013

Lake Quinault has been closed to all non-tribal activities following a decision by the Quinault Indian Nation.

A spokesperson for the QIN was not immediately available. The lake will remain closed until further notice.

Some tribal activities will not be impacted by the closure.

In April of this year, the lake was closed to non-tribal fishing by emergency measure to protect the water quality of the tribe-owned lake.

At that time, tribal leaders were concerned about leaking septic tanks owned by non-tribal residents that may have caused untreated sewage to empty into the lake. The tribe was conducting tests on water and on fish caught by tribe members during the closure.

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