Before you head out to Yacolt Burn State Forest this summer, there are some things you need to know about planning your trip. Roads are closed for fish habitat restoration and Discover Pass patrols start this weekend.
Fish restoration and road closures
Saving fish sometimes means we have to close roads and trails temporarily. Many miles of streams in Washington State are inaccessible to fish because improperly sized culverts have been installed where streams flow under forest roads. Lack of access to good quality stream habitat is one factor behind the declines in salmon and trout populations in Washington State. DNR will be hard at work replacing culverts in the Yacolt Burn forest this summer.
- The W-2000 road will be closed in the Yacolt Burn State Forest just before the Three Corner Rock Trailhead for a culvert replacement project. Users of Three Corner Rock trail are advised to park along turnouts prior to trailhead, and are asked to not block traffic.
- The W-2000 and the W-2070 will be further impacted due to other bridge and culvert installation projects. Road closures are expected for up to two weeks at a time from July 1 – August 31. Those who wish to shuttle on the Three Corner Rock Trail and other dispersed recreation uses may be impacted along these road systems.
For your safety, please follow the signs on the trail system to alternate routes.
But these changes do not mean you cannot head out and enjoy other areas of the beautiful Yacolt Burn State Forest this first weekend of summer. Yacolt offers recreation for horseback riding, off-road vehicle (ORV) riding, mountain biking, hiking, and picnicking.
Increased Discover Pass Patrols
Remember to get your Discover Pass before you hit the trails, as Discover Pass Patrols will be out in force in Yacolt Burn this weekend.
To learn more about the changes in Yacolt, visit DNR’s Western Yacolt Burn Forest Recreation Plan. Stay in the loop with DNR lands this summer by visiting our recreation page before planning your trips and following DNR on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information contact Jessica Kimmick at the DNR office in Castle Rock at 360-577-2025, ext. 3036
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