• The calm, inviting waters of the Spokane Arm. Photo Credit: NPS\LARO\John Salisbury

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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China Bend Closed to Climbing Until July

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Date: April 21, 2014
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.

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fire fighter looking at a stand of ponderosas that have become a wildfire danger

Fire is a natural part of Lake Roosevelt's dry forest and desert environment. Park fire fighters, to protect nearby landowners, manage the forest by extinguishing any wildfire, as well as thin, pile up, and burn excess vegetation in winter. Prescribed fires may be lit to burn what is left.