Posts Tagged ‘McLane Creek’

Rec alert: Temporary Monday – Thursday closure at McLane Creek for trail improvements

February 18, 2015
McLane Creek Washington Conservation Corps

Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews work on the boardwalk at McLane Creek. Photo: DNR

McLane Creek, a popular Capitol State Forest day-use site, will be closed Monday through Thursday for about three weeks as DNR staff and Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews are hard at work strengthening structures and improving trails there.

Aquatic Land Enhancement Account (ALEA) grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) are funding these improvements, which will maintain access to this well-loved site for years to come.

McLane Creek

McLane Creek is a popular day-use site in the Capitol State Forest. Photo: DNR

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope you will take time to visit other Capitol State Forest sites. During this time, McLane Creek is still open Fridays and weekends.

Before heading out, please check what sites are open and closed on DNR’s Web page.

We invite you to stay connected through DNR’s Recreation News e-newsletter.

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Welcome back chums! Celebrate their return at McLane Creek this Sunday

November 18, 2011


McLane Creek Elementtary School 4th graders at McLane Creek viewing platform

The new viewing platform at McLane Creek gives classrooms and the public a great view of spawning chum salmon. Photo: Becky Hahn, 4th grade teacher, McLane Creek Elementary

On Sunday, November 20, celebrate one of the sure signs of fall in the South Sound: the return of the chum salmon to McLane Creek.

DNR and the Thurston County Stream Team are co-hosing an event celebrating the return of Oncorhynchus keta from noon to 2 p.m. at  McLane Creek Nature Trail near Olympia.

Each year, thousands of chum salmon make the long journey home from the ocean to McLane Creek to spawn. The newly completed viewing platform gives you a commanding view of the creek and the action.

Stream Team salmon stewards will give guided tours and offer hands-on learning activities. Hot cider and snacks will also be provided.

The celebration will take place rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Parking is limited at the Nature Trail parking lot; plan on carpooling if you can.

McLane Creek Nature Trail is part of Capitol State Forest, managed by DNR. You will need a Discover Pass for your vehicle if you drive to the event.

For more information, contact Ann Marie Finan, Thurston County Stream Team, at 360-754-3355, ext. 6857 or visit (You’ll find directions here, too.)

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