Out & About

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Workers needed to build new Ape Cave trail south of volcano

COUGAR — Volunteers are needed to work June 1-2 on the new Ape Cave Viewpoint trail on the south side of Mount St. Helens.

Organized by the Washington Trails Association, the work party will meet at 8:30 a.m. June 1 at the main parking lot for Ape Cave. Work will finish at 3:30 p.m. and then the group will travel to Marble Mountain Sno-Park for a potluck cookout.

June 1 is National Trails Day. Work on the Ape Cave route also is planned on June 2.

No experience is needed. WTA provides the tools and instruction.

To register, contact Haley Miller at haley@wta.org or go online to www.wta.org/volunteer/trail-work-parties.

Boating safety class scheduled for May 25 in Vancouver

Registration is open for a boating safety class on May 25 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Room B-1.

Offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

Boating safety, navigation rules and skills, equipment requirements and more are covered in the class.

In Washington, boaters younger than age 50 are required to have a boater safety card.

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

Registration open for Mt. Adams ride June 29 at Trout Lake

TROUT LAKE — The 11th annual Mount Adams Country Bicycle Tour — offering rides of 11.5, 51, 54 and 105 miles — is scheduled for June 29.

Entry costs $15 by June 1 and $20 after June 1 for the 11.5-mile family ride. The longer rides cost $55 by June and $65 after June 1.

The 51-mile route starts at Trout Lake then goes to BZ Corner, Glenwood, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge and back to Trout Lake. The 54-mile route starts at Trout Lake and gains 3,800 feet in elevation before returning to Trout Lake.

Check-in for the rides is between 7 a.m. and noon, depending on the route. The event is a fund-raiser for the Trout Lake Area Business Association.

In 2012, the ride raised $3,000 for school programs and the local fire department.

For additional information, online registration and route maps go to www.troutlakewashington.com.

Gary Loomis to talk to bass club about cold-water fisheries

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. May 23 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Gary Loomis, noted Northwest fishing rod manufacturer and leader in the Coastal Conservation Association, will discuss the coexistence of coldwater and warmwater fisheries in Oregon.

Cabela’s fishing contest offers millions in prizes

Four lakes in Washington and two in Oregon are participating waters in the Cabela’s Fish for Millions contest, giving anglers a chance at up to $2 million in cash and $270,000 in additional prizes by catching a tagged fish.

The closest water to Clark County is Hagg Lake in Oregon’s Washington County. The other Oregon lake is Twin Lake in Deschutes County. The two tagged fish in Oregon are trout.

The Washington waters are Lake Washington in Seattle, American Lake near Tacoma, Potholes Reservoir in central Washington and Sprague Lake in Eastern Washington.

Tagged fish as part of the contest have been placed in 21 states totaling nearly 100 bodies of water.

One fish is worth $1 million. The prize will be doubled to $2 million if the winner is a current user of the Cabela’s application or has downloaded the Cabela’s Fish Recon application to their smartphone at least two days prior to fishing.

Other prizes include two Ranger bass boats valued at $60,000 each, a Chevrolet Silverado valued at $55,000, $5,000 Cabela’s shopping sprees and more.

Participants must register before fishing. The promotion ends July 7.

Additional information about rules can be found online at www.cabelas.com/browse.cmd?categoryId=107520480&WT.tsrc=CRD&WT.mc_id=fishformillions.

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