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Aug. 16, 2022

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Goose Lake open now in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

By , Columbian Outdoors Reporter

 Access to popular Goose Lake in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is open, the U.S. Forest Service reports.

Motorists can get to the 53-acre lake and campground from the south (Willard) side via roads Nos. 66 and 60 plus from the east (Trout Lake) side via roads Nos. 24 and 60. Snow blocks access on road No. 60 from the west (Carson), but should be open within about a week.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked the lake with trout on Monday.

Forlorn Lakes campground is not open yet.

South Prairie’s “lake’’ will have enough water to explore in kayak or canoe for another two weeks.

Peterson Prairie campground, a few miles west of Trout Lake, opened for the season on Monday.

Road No. 24 still has snow beyond Peterson Prairie, preventing access to Little Goose and Cultus Creek campgrounds, plus the east side of Indian Heaven Wilderness.

Road No. 23 is open north from Trout Lake to the junction with Lewis River road No. 90.

The automated site at Surprise Lakes, elevation 4,290 feet, reports 38 inches of snow remaining. Night temperatures recently have dipped into the upper 30s.

Sleeping Beauty trail No. 37 is accessible, but expect snow on the upper portion. Morrison Creek campground also is accessible.

Mosquito Lake is not accessible due to snow.

The road to South Climb trailhead on Mount Adams can be driven to within a quarter-mile of the trailhead.

Twin Falls campground off Lewis River road No. 90 is open.

Road No. 83 remains gated at Marble Mountain Sno-Park. Road No. 25 remains is closed at the junction with road No. 93.

The automated site at June Lake, elevation 3,440 feet on the south side of Mount St. Helens, reports 50 inches of snow remaining.

Columbian Outdoors Reporter

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