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Outdoor Recreation

Lake Stevens' first visitor information center taking shape

LAKE STEVENS — The city is turning the empty house at Lundeen Park into its first official visitor center.Though Lake Stevens is the fifth largest city in Snohomish County, and includes the county's largest lake, it hasn't had a dedicated information center for...

Date: 02/12/2016 | Local News

County, Lake Stevens plan overhaul of Cavelero Hill Park

LAKE STEVENS — Plans to overhaul Cavelero Hill Park have gained momentum and a covered skate park could open there as soon as next year.

Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News

Mukilteo’s waterfront makeover plans include parks and paths

MUKILTEO — For years, the city’s waterfront was dominated by a former military tank farm.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Local News

Hidden treasure

Heirman park is fun to explore for kids and adults

Date: 01/31/2016 | Explore NW

Snow biking inspires new winter trail grooming options

SPOKANE — Snowshoers and snow bikers appear to be forging a relationship that could expand the reach of single-track trails during winter.

Date: 01/16/2016 | Northwest

State parks free on Friday; other fee-free days this year

State park free daysNo Discover Pass required to park your vehicle in state parks. Jan. 1: State Parks' First Day HikesJan. 17-18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Date: 12/31/2015 | Explore NW

Head for the hills

New recreation opportunities in the works in Darrington

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Help Mount Rainier National Park shape future of its wilderness

Mount Rainier National Park is working on a Wilderness Stewardship Plan to guide the use and preservation of wilderness in the park.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Explore NW

Future of ice caves

After a deadly summer, the trail to Big Four is likely to reopen

Date: 11/09/2015 | Local News

Tke Sky's the limit

Officials tout potential of Sky to Sound water trail project

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

More options for fun

Stevens Pass resort to replace 2 chair lifts and add trails, skill parks

Date: 10/24/2015 | Local News

After levee breach, Marysville starts work on a trail

MARYSVILLE — The levee at the Qwuloolt Estuary has been breached for nearly a month and the ecosystem is slowly transforming from a weed-covered lowland into a salt marsh.With the Tulalip Tribes...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Local News

A lone ranger

He’s on patrol in the Spada Lake watershed

Date: 09/20/2015 | Local News

Monroe negotiating with developer over wakeboarding, waterskiing park

MONROE — The city is negotiating with a developer who owes $22,566 in overdue rent for space to build a wakeboarding and waterskiing park at Lake Tye.The City Council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday to...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Local News

Dreaming of RVs — from my blow-up air mattress

Every time a recreational vehicle passes me on the highway I dream about purchasing a motor home. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t share my vision.“Do you imagine yourself parking this imaginary RV?” he asks me.

Date: 08/23/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Get gooey for S’mores Day

Chocolate. Marshmallow. Graham crackers.Yummmm ...Want a s’more?Of course you do.Have at it. Monday is National S’mores Day.The Girl Scouts are credited with inspiring the scrumptious sticky campfire treat by publishing the first s’more recipe in 1927.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Life

Hike, fish, relax

Rainy Lake is high in the mountains yet easy to get to

Date: 08/09/2015 | Life

Climbing, hiking and cycling around Mount Rainier

TACOMA — I called it the Rainier Triple Crown, and finishing it proved more rewarding than I ever expected.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Northwest

Working to be top dog

Sheepdog trials are under way this weekend in Arlington

Date: 08/08/2015 | Local News

Gaining an even greater appreciation for the sport of polo

LA CONNER — The polo riders at the La Conner Polo Club make it look easy.It's really, really not. I mean, I knew it wouldn't be easy. In polo, you must stay astride a powerful animal with a mind of its own, while holding reins in one hand, a mallet in the...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Sports

Polo in the Northwest

La Conner Polo Club plays host to yearly Governor's Cup

Date: 07/23/2015 | Sports

Never forgotten

Shawneri Guzman’s memory of a drowning inspires her message

Date: 07/22/2015 | Local News

See far from up high

Darrington-area lookout being restored, will be available to rent

Date: 07/05/2015 | Explore NW

Climb a volcano

What you need to know to make it up Mount St. Helens

Date: 06/28/2015 | Life

Guide cancels controversial raft tour because of lower water levels

OSO — The Stillaguamish River is too low to risk a second trip this summer past the site of the Oso mudslide, the guide of a controversial rafting tour said last week.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News

This cooler is way cool

I’ve been wanting one of these mega coolers for a long time. You know the ones? Super-tough, super-insulated and ungodly expensive? Add this one to the growing list: the Pelican ProGear 80-quart Elite Cooler.

Date: 06/21/2015 | Life

A remarkable wilderness

After a decade, get to know the Suiattle River Valley again

Date: 06/21/2015 | Local News

Resuscitating a ghost town

Cleanup is under way to rid historic Monte Cristo of pollutants

Date: 06/20/2015 | Local News

No more freebies

Non-Mukilteo residents start paying at Lighthouse Park

Date: 06/01/2015 | Local News

Hawaii’s Waimanalo Bay Beach Park tops list

HONOLULU — As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, Waimanalo Bay’s powdery white coral sand glows in the morning light. A few people lounge in the sand as a fisherman casts his line into the turquoise water.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World

Safe Kids program has life jackets for the lending

LAKE STEVENS — Cabinets filled with life jackets that people can borrow for free are opening for the season Friday at Wyatt Park and the downtown boat launch here. They're part of a countywide Safe Kids program that lends life jackets to boaters and swimmers for...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

Sections of Big Four ice caves collapse; danger level high

VERLOT — A mild winter and warm spring have caused sections of the popular Big Four Mountain Ice Caves to collapse.Visitors are being urged to stay on the trail and well away from the caves.The ice is formed by avalanches that roar down the mountain's north...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Local News

Better than par

Monroe disc golf course aims to be top-flight

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business

Low snowpack brings crush of hikers to Washington trails

TACOMA — Federal land managers have been caught unprepared for the rush of visitors after a low winter snowpack cleared Washington’s mountain roads and trails weeks earlier than usual.

Date: 04/05/2015 | Northwest

Mount Rainier National Park announces planned opening dates

With the low snow levels this year, access is opening earlier than normal to some areas at Mount Rainier National Park.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Explore NW

Take a Sunday drive

Head to north county for lots to do, gorgeous scenery

Date: 03/21/2015 | Life

Beautiful Big Sur

Take a trip where wilderness and pampering meet

Date: 03/21/2015 | Life

Learn about local trees in Kevin Zobrist’s new book

EVERETT — A beautiful new guide book about native trees is garnering rave reviews for author Kevin Zobrist.As Washington State University Extension's associate professor of forestry in Everett, Zobrist teaches adult...

Date: 03/01/2015 | Life

Plan now for summer

It's time to make reservations at popular parks

Date: 02/28/2015 | Life

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