Out & About



Boating ends at Northwestern

WHITE SALMON — Northwestern Lake will be closed permanently to boaters beginning Monday as PacifiCorp begins work to remove Condit Dam on the White Salmon River.

Northwestern is the 92-acre reservoir behind Condit. The dam will be removed this fall.

“Tunneling work at the base of the dam begins soon,’’ said Tom Hickey, project manager for PacifiCorp. “The reservoir will be drawn down a total of 10 feet as a safety measure during this work. The drawdown also will accommodate dredging of sediment behind the dam that starts in September.’’

The ramp on the Klickitat County side of Northwestern Lake closed on Aug. 1. The ramp at Northwestern Park closes Monday.

Updates and other restrictions in the Condit area will be posted at www.pacificorp.com/condit.

Last chance for kayak sessions

CATHLAMET — The Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup, also known as “‘LoCo,’’ is getting ready for its final event of the year this September at Puget Island in Wahkiakum County.

This is the fifth year of the gathering. It’s for all levels of kayakers.

The event is based at Slow Boat Farm on Puget Island, where camping is allowed. Food can be ordered for each session.

Columbia River Kayaking has been hosting tours for 14 years in this area. There are a variety of waters along the river.  

On the Columbia River, the sessions will range from full-day, half-day, and three-day programs. Other activities include evening shows, campfires and yoga.

Registration closes Sept. 1 and the first sessions start on Sept. 3.

For more information about this event and registration visit http://www.locoroundup.com/general.html, or contact Ginni Callahan at info@locoroundup.com.

Boating safety class set Aug. 27

Registration is open for a boating safety class on Aug. 27 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.

The class is offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 and the Clark County Marine Patrol. Cost is $10 per boater.

The class begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Topics will include safety skills, equipment requirements, boating laws and how to use aids to navigation.

Washington requires anyone age 35 or younger to obtain a boater card to pilot a boat with 15 horsepower or more.

To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.