Posts Tagged ‘DNR’

Love to camp? Live the dream and become a DNR camp host

May 26, 2015

Are you a professional, friendly and polite person who wishes you could go camping for weeks on end? Do you have a properly-insured motor home, camper or travel trailer that supports comfortable camping in rustic, natural areas? DNR might have just the thing for you.

We’re currently taking applications for campground hosts to help provide a positive, safe, and informative experience for visitors at DNR campgrounds statewide.

Host responsibilities include:

  • Be professional, friendly, and polite when interacting with the public.
  • Provide information and rules to campers and visitors.
  • Register overnight campers.
  • Patrol campground and recreational areas.
  • Regularly inspect campground restrooms, picnic shelters, campsites, campfire pits and boat launch areas.
  • Report vandalism, illegal or abusive behavior.

Pick your site today!

Ahtanum State Forest view

View of Mount Rainier from Ahtanum State Forest. Photo: DNR

Ahtanum Campground, Ahtanum State Forest, near Yakima
Ahtanum Campground is a highly used recreation area for off-road vehicle riding, hiking, and horseback riding. Winter recreation is also popular for snowshoeing, sledding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Cold Creek Campground, Yacolt Burn State Forest, near Camas
Cold Creek Campground is open year-round and is a favorite for family tent camping, equestrian use, mountain biking, and hiking. For more information, check out our flier.

Jim Davis, a Tahuya and Green Mountain Committee Member, gets ready for a trail ride in Tahuya State Forest. Photo: Herb Gerhardt.

Jim Davis, a Tahuya and Green Mountain Committee Member, gets ready for a trail ride in Tahuya State Forest. Photo: Herb Gerhardt.

Tahuya River Horse Camp, Tahuya State Forest, near Belfair
This site provides camping opportunities for primarily non-motorized recreationists including equestrian and fishing enthusiasts.

For more information about campground hosting with DNR, including who to contact and how to apply, visit our camp host Web page.

To stay in the loop with DNR’s Recreation program, subscribe to our monthly recreation e-newsletter.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Shout out to our volunteers: 2015 Pick Up the Burn

May 21, 2015

ORV riders, mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers joined together in early May for the 13th annual Pick Up the Burn.

Each year dedicated volunteers help to care for the Yacolt Burn State Forest and pitch in to tackle illegal dumping in the forest. This year, about 150 people turned out, gathered, and hauled more than 40 cubic yards of litter from the Yacolt Burn State Forest.

Watch our short clip below to see more of this year’s Pick Up the Burn.

Want to know more about DNR’s recreation program? Check out this month’s recreation e-newsletter, and sign up to receive future updates right to your email.

 

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Celebrate Mother’s Day at DNR-managed land

May 10, 2015

Thank you to all our loving Washington moms! We invite you to rejuvenate on your special day with the energy that comes from a hike, ORV ride, mountain bike ride, horseback trail ride, kayak trip or other outdoor adventure.  DNR manages diverse landscapes for recreation access and we can’t think of a better way to indulge yourself than getting out to enjoy them.

Hear are some of our top picks for moms this Mother’s Day.

The Mima Falls Trail in the Capitol State Forest offers views of cascading falls. Photo: DNR.

The Mima Falls Trail in the Capitol State Forest offers views of cascading falls. Photo: DNR.

Mima Falls, Capitol State Forest, near Olympia
Mima Falls is a loop trail in the Capitol State Forest perfect for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. A picnic table near the picturesque falls makes for a perfect stop mid-hike.

Samish Overlook, Blanchard Forest, near Bellingham
With access to the Blanchard Forest, Samish Overlook offers views of the San Juan Islands. Watch as hang gliders and para gliders take off and soar over Skagit Valley.

Sheep Creek Campground, Northeast Region, near Northport
This campground is surrounded by miles of forestland and offers primitive campsites near a rolling creek.

Jones Creek ORV Trailhead, in the Yacolt Burn State Forest, offers premier ORV trail-riding opportunities. Photo: DNR.

Jones Creek ORV Trailhead, in the Yacolt Burn State Forest, offers premier ORV trail-riding opportunities. Photo: DNR.

Jones Creek ORV Trailhead, Yacolt Burn State Forest, near Camas
Looking for a premier ORV desintation? Jones Creek Trailhead offers access to ATV, motorcycle and 4×4 trails in the Yacolt Burn State Forest.

Teanaway Campground, Teanaway Community Forest, near Cle Elum
Want a getaway? Head to the the Teanaway Campground, one of three campgrounds in the Teanaway Community Forest.

Murdock Beach, Olympic Region, near Port Angeles
Just a short drive from Port Angeles, this rocky beach provides views of Vancouver Island.

Have another site in mind? Check whether it’s open or closed before making the drive. Remember to bring a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington’s Great Outdoors.

Want to stay in the loop with DNR’s recreation program? Subscribe to our monthly recreation e-newsletter.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Gear up for downhill mountain biking thrills

May 8, 2015

Mark your calendars! Next Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, DNR’s Dry Hill will play host to the second round of the 2015 NW Cup races. The first round drew more than 600 downhill mountain bike racers to the area, near Port Angeles.

Check out our Flickr album or watch the following clip for a view of the first round’s action.

DNR manages Dry Hill in partnership with Olympic Dirt Society, which has a stewardship agreement with DNR to maintain the trails. Interested in riding Dry Hill? Send an email to olympicdirtsociety@yahoo.com.

For more information, visit nwcup.com. Want to stay in the loop with DNR’s recreation program? Subscribe to our monthly recreation e-newsletter.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Heading to the water? Know these safety tips

May 6, 2015

With the weather warming up, now’s the time to start preparing for safe and fun water recreation. Use our graphic (below) for tips to help you enjoy your favorite water adventure on DNR-managed lands while preserving both Washington’s landscapes and yourself.

DNR-managed lands offer a wide variety of boating opportunities, such as catch-and-release fly-fishing on Merrill Lake, kayaking the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, and sea kayaking to Cyprus Island.

Follow these tips for safe and fun water recreation on DNR-managed land.

Follow these tips for safe and fun water recreation on DNR-managed land. (CLICK image to enlarge.)

 

Don’t let warmer weather mislead you, water temperatures are cold. Before heading out for a day on the weather, remember to dress for the water, have a life vest, and be prepared for changes in weather. For safety information check out our sister agency’s  boating program and check in with your region’s DNR office for local conditions:

Kayakers take advantage of nice weather to paddle around in puget sound. Photo: DNR.

Kayakers take advantage of nice weather to paddle around in puget sound. Photo: DNR.

Northwest Region (Bellingham, Everett, Sedro Woolley) 360-856-3500

South Puget Sound Region (Olympia, Enumclaw, Seattle) 360-825-1631

Olympic Region (Olympic Peninsula, Forks, Ocean Shores) 360-374-2800

Pacific Cascade Region (Long Beach, Vancouver, Castle Rock) 360-577-2025

Southeast Region (Ellensburg, North Bend, Yakima) 509-925-8510

Northeast Region (Okanogan, Colville, Methow) 509-684-7474

For more information, check out our guide to safe and fun recreation on DNR-managed land.

DNR sustainably manages 3 million acres of state trust lands to earn revenue for trust beneficiaries (i.e. money for schools, hospitals, emergency services, and lots of other services Washingtonians need), provide wildlife habitat and help you access water (and land-based) outdoor adventures.

Want to stay in the loop with DNR’s recreation program? Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Get ready for the 13th annual “Pick Up the Burn”

April 26, 2015
Volunteers help clean up the Yacolt Burn State Forest in a previous "Pick Up the Burn" event. Photo/DNR.

Volunteers help clean up the Yacolt Burn State Forest in a previous “Pick Up the Burn” event. Photo/DNR.

In its 13th year, theYacolt Burn State Forest-based “Pick up the Burn” brings ORV riders, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders together to help improve Yacolt Burn State Forest trails. This year’s work will include picking up littler, site maintenance, and improving campgrounds to prepare for the summer season.

This is the 13th annual "Pick Up the Burn," a Yacolt Burn State Forest volunteer event. Photo/DNR.

This is the 13th annual “Pick Up the Burn,” a Yacolt Burn State Forest volunteer event. Photo/DNR.

Want to get involved? 
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015
Yacolt Burn State Forest
Meet at the Jones Creek ORV trailhead

Getting there

  • Start in Camas at junction with SR-14. Go N on SR-500 for 3.8 miles to Fern Prairie
  • Turn right on NE 19th St. and go .8 miles.
  • Turn right on NE Reilly Rd., which becomes NE 292 Ave. Go 1.9 miles.
  • Turn right on NE Ireland Rd.
  • G .2 milies, turn left on NE Lessard Rd. At 2 miles, pavement ends.
  • Continue on gravel road for 1.6 miles to trailhead.

Visit DNR’s volunteer calendar for more information or check out this year’s flier.

Want to stay in-the-loop with DNR’s recreation program? Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

DNR’s Dry Hill gears up for the races

April 24, 2015

Need a thrill this weekend? Look no further than Dry Hill, a gravity – or downhill – mountain biker’s dream located on DNR-managed land near Port Angeles.

Riders gather at NW Cup, an annual downhill mountain biking race at DNR's Dry Hill.

Riders gather at NW Cup, an annual downhill mountain biking race at DNR’s Dry Hill.

Today through Sunday the large network of downhill mountain biking trails will be the setting for the first and second round of races in the nationally acclaimed NW Cup.

A downhill mountain biker races at Dry Hill.

A downhill mountain biker races at Dry Hill.

DNR manages Dry Hill in partnership with Olympic Dirt Society, which has a stewardship agreement with DNR to maintain the trails.

With this unique relationship, you’re more than welcome to ride Dry Hill, but vehicle access to the site is limited to trail maintenance and events.

Interested in riding Dry Hill? Send an email to olympicdirtsociety@yahoo.com.

Want to stay in-the-loop with DNR’s recreation program? Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Celebrate National Picnic Day with DNR

April 23, 2015

Today is National Picnic Day and we’re celebrating with a roundup of recreation opportunities on DNR-managed land sure to be the perfect setting for a picnic. Read on to find a site near you.

Hikers enjoy the view from Samish Overlook, the gateway to Oyster Dome Trail. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR

Hikers enjoy the view from Samish Overlook, the gateway to Oyster Dome Trail. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR

Samish Overlook, Blanchard Forest, Skagit County 
At an elevation of 1,300 feet, Samish Overlook has stunning views of the San Juan Islands and Skagit Valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you watch hang gliders and paragliders take off and soar over Skagit Valley.

Murdock Beach, Olympic Region, near Port Angeles 
Murdock Beach, located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, gives visitors a view of Vancouver Island. This is the only public beach access for 12 miles between Camp Hayden and the East Twin River.

Beaver Creek, Elbe Hills State Forest, near Elbe
Beaver Creek Trailhead, in the Elbe Hill State Forest, provides visitors with access to non-motorized trails. There are also high lines for horses. The forested setting is perfect for a picnic.

Douglas falls campground

Douglas Falls Campground offers a volunteer camp host site, campsites and a day-use area. Photo: DNR

Douglas Falls Grange Park and Campground, near Colville 
The 120-acre Douglas Falls Grange Park is surrounded by mountains of rocky bluffs and conifer forests. Mill Creek runs through the campground with a 60-foot waterfall. Enjoy a picnic at its day-use area.

Merrill Lake Campground, Merrill Lake Natural Resources Conservation Area, near Cougar 
Merrill Lake Campground includes a lake formed by a volcano. Merrill Lake also has catch-and-release fly-fishing, non-motorized boating and a 1-mile interpretive trail through mature trees.

Beverly Dunes Recreation Area,  near Beverly 
Beverly Sand Dunes offers ORV riders a dose of excitement.  Enjoy a picnic at one of its 11 campsites.

Have another area in mind? Before you make the drive, check our website to see what’s open and closed. Make sure to bring a Discover Pass to continue celebrating recreation on DNR-managed land all year long.

Want to stay in-the-loop with DNR’s recreation program? Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter today.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Get outside and give back this weekend

April 10, 2015
Samish Overlook

Year-round, volunteers help keep DNR-managed rec sites clean, safe, and healthy. Photo by: DNR/Rick Foster

Coming up short on weekend plans? Consider giving back to recreation areas on DNR-managed lands.

Each year volunteers give their time to care for our 140-plus recreation sites. At 75,780 hours, last year our best year for volunteerism ever.

We’d like to give a big thank you to our volunteers. To get involved, find a volunteer event near you this weekend:

Yacolt Burn Motorized Trail Building, near Vancouver
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10 – April 19

Little Pend Oreille ORV Annual Trail Clean-up, near Colville
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 and April 11

Rock Creek Spring Clean-up, near Vancouver
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11

Oyster Dome Work Party, in Skagit County
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11

Walker Valley Public Outreach Party and Annual Garbage Clean-up, near Mount Vernon
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11

Tiger Mountain Trail Maintenance, near Issaquah
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11

Wildfire Awareness and Campground Clean-up, near Yakima
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11

Oyster Dome Work Party, in Skagit County
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 12

Head to our volunteer calendar for more information. Want to stay in-the-loop with DNR’s recreation program? Subscribe to our e-newsletter today.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Check out DNR’s newest trail map: Walker Valley ORV Area

April 9, 2015

Headed to Walker Valley ORV Area near Mount Vernon? Check out our brand new trail map of the 36-mile system. Walker Valley is a hub for ORV recreation. It has opportunities for 4×4, ATV, motorcycles, and even mountain bikers and hikers.

Walker Valley ORV Area, near Mount Vernon, is a 36-mile trail system with 4x4, motorcycle, and even mountain biking and hiking opportunities. Photo/ DNR.

Walker Valley ORV Area, near Mount Vernon, is a 36-mile trail system with 4×4, motorcycle, and even mountain biking and hiking opportunities. Photo/ DNR.

Walker Valley also has regional views of north Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.

Walker Valley ORV Area, near Mount Vernon, is a 36-mile trail system with 4x4, motorcycle, and even mountain biking and hiking opportunities. Photo/ DNR.

Walker Valley ORV Area, in Skagit County, is a multi-use recreation destination. Photo/ DNR.

Check out our trail maps Web page for other DNR recreation areas near you. Have another site in mind? Before making the drive, check our website to see what’s open and closed.

To stay in the loop with DNR’s recreation program, sign up for our e-newsletter.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 260 other followers