China Bend Closed to Climbing Until July
Contact: Ken Hyde, 509-754-7814
Under signature of Superintendent Dan Foster, an area of China Bend - specifically the formation and climbing area on the west side of the reservoir, has been closed. The closure is in effect to protect nesting raptors in the area for the period from February 15, 2014 to July 15, 2014.
The area has been signed to notify any visitors to the area. The closure includes all NPS lands within 100 yards of the base of the cliff formation known as the China Bend Climbing Area. It includes all climbing routes, cliff face, ascent and decent routes, and climber's access trails to the formation. These all are closed to recreational use. When necessary, park rangers will issue citations to persons violating the terms of this closure under authority of 16 USC 3, 36 CFR 1.5(a)(1).
Each year Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area may initiate temporary closures in areas of the park to ensure birds of prey (raptors) are undisturbed during their breeding and nesting seasons. As breeding and nesting data are collected, additional closures may be necessary, or closures may be lifted.
Did You Know?
Lake Roosevelt's sturgeon are 8 to 20 feet long. They are also at least 70 years old. In 1941, Grand Coulee Dam flooded the fast-moving waters they need to spawn. To help out the population, the state of Washington introduced new fish to the lake in 2006.