Adventure briefs for Sept. 13


Black Lake launch closed for upgrades

The public boat ramp at Black Lake in Thurston County will be closed Monday through Oct. 1 as crews remove the aging boat launch and replace it with two new concrete ramps.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife, which owns and maintains the site, also plans to construct a boarding float, resurface the blacktop and add parking spaces, according to an agency news release. A new restroom facility was installed earlier this year.

Brian Mitchell, access area manager, said closing the ramp is necessary to ensure public safety during construction.

The project was funded by a $490,000 grant through the Boating Facility Program within the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office.

Family fun

Fall festival at Lake Sylvia

The sixth annual Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival will take place Saturday at Lake Sylvia State Park. The free event is sponsored by the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia.

The festival will be from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at the park, 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road, Montesano.

The festival kicks off with a camp pancake breakfast. Other events will include a 10-kilometer half marathon starting at 8:30 a.m., music, children’s games and races, a 2-mile family fun run, an artist’s market, food vendors, a history of Lake Sylvia, Boy Scout cooking demonstrations and nature art for kids.

If you want to participate in the runs, contact TiffanySchweppe@me.com.

A shuttle service will run from Simpson Elementary School, 519 W. Simpson Ave., Montesano. Those wishing to park at the lake must have a Discover Pass ($10 a day or $30 a year).

For more information or questions, contact Stet Palmer at 360-789-9953 or visit fosls.org.


Westport hosts Clean Water Classic

The 14th annual Clean Water Classic will take place Sept. 25-27 in Westport. The longest-running professional and amateur surfing contest in the Pacific Northwest is presented by the Pacific Northwest chapters of the Surfrider Foundation.

The competition will feature multiple classes in men’s and women’s divisions, with a kids’ surf camp scheduled for Sept. 26. New this year is a grand master’s longboard division on Sept. 27 for surfers 50 and older.

Cash awards will be paid to the top three finishers in the men’s and women’s pro/am shortboard divisions.

The foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization that works to protect the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

For further information on the foundation or the event, contact Jean Olson at 360-220-5735 or go to cleanwaterclassic.com.

National forest

New supervisor named at Mount Baker

Jamie Kingsbury has been named the new forest supervisor at the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Kingsbury is the deputy forest supervisor at Coronado National Forest in Tucson, Arizona. She has been with the U.S. Forest Service for more than 25 years.

Kingsbury plans to arrive in Everett in mid-October. She will take over from Jennifer Eberlien, who has promoted to a deputy regional forester position in the Pacific Southwest Region 5 in California.

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest covers over 1.75 million acres stretching between the Canadian border and the northern edge of Mount Rainier National park.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com