BLM Spokane District temporarily closes additional recreation sites

Spokane, Wash. – The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the first priority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our local partners and the state of Washington, the BLM is temporarily closing the following recreation sites, effective today, to help limit the spread of

COVID-19:

  • Yakima River Canyon (Umtanum, Big Pines, Lmuma, and Roza)
  • Liberty
  • Chopaka Lake
  • Palmer Mountain/Washburn Lake
  • Rock Creek
  • Twin Lakes
  • Coffeepot Lake
  • Lakeview Ranch
  • Pacific Lake
  • Patos Island
  • Blind Island
  • Posey Island

The BLM encourages responsible, local recreation to avoid putting strain on other communities. Visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles. Please bring your own sanitary products, including toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and pack out all trash.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub- surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

Many BLM-managed trails and open spaces not listed can be visited by those who live close enough that a trip does not involve non-essential travel. All restrooms are locked and services are temporarily suspended. If you have questions regarding a BLM location, please call (509)-536-1200.
These closures are pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): 43 CFR § 8364.1,
43 CFR §9268.3(d)(1), and 43 CFR § 8365.1-4.