Lake Quinault could re-open to the public
The Quinault Indian Nation is considering re-opening Lake Quinault to some non-tribal use this spring after it was closed in April of 2013.
According the QIN President Fawn Sharp, the lake was closed due to concerns related to water pollution, invasive species, public safety and the need to protect and restore salmon habitat. It was reopened, for swimming only, in time for the July 4 weekend.
Representatives of the QIN met with community members and shared draft regulations with those in attendance, including fishing and boating policies, a possible temporary moratorium on the removal of docks and a probable restriction against non-resident boats. If approved, only resident boats would be allowed on the lake to minimize the introduction of invasive species.
“Closing the lake was not an easy decision for the Quinault Nation to make. We realize it caused difficulties for a number of people. But I’m happy to say that our relationship with the businesses and residents in the Lake Quinault area has improved and that there seems to be greater understanding about our reasons for taking the action we did.” said Sharp.
Another community meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 19 to inform and educate the public about invasive species, and other risks. An official from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Invasive Species Unit will be on hand.