Rivers About to ‘Go Berserk’; Seminary Hill Looking for New Friends

The Seminary Hill Natural Area, Centralia, is 2.5 acres of scenic walking trails where a variety special events, walks and activities are presented during the spring and summer months. It takes a small army of volunteers to keep this park pristine, its trails cleared and safe. Join the Friends of the Seminary Hill Natural Area, meet other folks who love the out-of-doors and who want to help preserve this beautiful place that has been entrusted to the community’s care.

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Fishing and Hunting Report: Rivers Ready to Blow; Clam Dig Friday, Saturday

Load Up on Razor Clams The first razor clam dig of the new year will proceed on schedule Jan. 20-21 at four ocean beaches. “The clams we’ve been seeing are in very good condition, with more fat than usual,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “That makes them especially good for frying.” The evening low tide Friday, Jan. 20, is at 4:28 p.m. (-0.5 feet) and on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 5:17 p.m. (-0.8 feet). Ayres recommends that diggers hit the beach one to…

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Catching the Rhythm and Music of the Cowlitz River

A thin mist hung low over the Cowlitz River, glowing eerily in the dark shadows created by the rising light of a freezing Friday morning. The only sound that could be heard above the roar of the river was the unhealthy sputter of my son’s Honda as he pulled away to leave me standing alone at the top of the boat launch at the Barrier Dam. “Are you the guy?” I asked the man sitting in a drift boat at the bottom of the launch.…

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Under the Open Sky: Have You Heard? It’s Snowing

We all want what we can’t get (the lurid lure of the unattainable), it’s just human nature. I can’t seem to get a winter-run steelhead landed, but I can’t stop smiling. Snow, new birds, new floats, good neighbors and the chance for new fish (once the water starts cooperating), life is good! I may have had more fishing success at the Barrier Dam on the Cowlitz River during fall salmon season, but I’m enjoying this winter-run salmon season just as much — maybe even more.

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