Liberty Lake access area to close for improvements | Regional news

OLYMPIA – The popular Liberty Lake Access Zone in Spokane County will close for construction starting September 7, but residents of the lake will have the option to lift their boats out of the water in October.

The closure of the access area will give the contractor’s teams space to complete the renovations, including improving the existing boat launch, sealing and marking out the parking area. , the installation of new signage, a new fishing dock with benches and the replacement of the current vault toilets with a new double vault accessible to the ADA toilets.

“Liberty Lake is one of our most heavily used access areas in the Spokane area, and it takes a lot of wear and tear,” said Dan Dziekan, WDFW Access Manager. “Unfortunately the small window of time during that we can complete the work near the water means that area will be closed for a while when it is still warm, but the result will be better access for the future. ”

This $ 319,705 project is funded by the Washington State Conservation and Recreation Office (RCO).

Lake residents who would like to leave the boats in the water after September 7 will have two designated dates in October to take them out. The access area will be open especially for the withdrawal of boats on October 23 and 30. The times for doing this are still being finalized and will be announced and posted at a later date. Because Liberty Lake has only one option for the public to launch boats, those looking for other places to fish or boating can visit the WDFW. water access areas Web page.

Liberty Lake is a popular lake for trout, bass and perch fishing, as well as for water sports. It opens to fishing from March 1 to October 31. The door to the access area is closed every year on October 31. Construction will then continue until approximately early December.

WDFW works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable recreational and business opportunities for fish and wildlife.