Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area & Trails – Utilities

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Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area reopens; Ledge Trail remains closed


Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area in North Bend reopens on June 11 for boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking only. No hiking! Rattlesnake Ledge Trail remains closed. Visitor parking is limited to 70 cars and 10 boat trailers to help maintain social distancing. We will continue to assess and monitor this situation and look forward to reopening the Ledge Trail when we can do so safely for the public and our staff.

Photo of Rattlesnake Lake and Ledge
Rattlesnake Lake and Ledge

The Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area is a day-use area located outside the hydrologic boundaries of the Cedar River Municipal Watershed near North Bend. The lake is located near Interstate 90, exit 32, about 3 miles southeast of North Bend and about 35 miles east of Seattle. The recreation area includes the 111-acre lake, picnic areas, the Rattlesnake Ledge Trail, and parking access to miles of State Park and King County hiking, biking, and horse trails. The recreation area is owned and managed by Seattle Public Utilities as a non-development buffer to the protected municipal watershed lands. The watershed supplies 65% of the Seattle region’s unfiltered drinking water to nearly 800,000 people. Rattlesnake Lake is not used for drinking water and is spring-fed by the nearby Cedar River.

 

Rules and Regulations:

  • Open dawn to dusk, year-round. Parking is free.
  • NO camping or open fires.
  • Private or exclusive events (gatherings, celebrations, weddings, etc.) of 30 or more people are prohibited.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), such as Quadcopters, drones, and model airplanes are prohibited.
  • Portable toilets and lakefront picnic areas. NO drinking water.
  • Water is available at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center.
  • Boat launch: Self-propelled and electric boat motors only.
  • Swimming: NO life guards, swim at your own risk.
  • Fishing: Year-round, Washington State selective gear rules apply.
  • Hunting and gathering is prohibited.
  • Absolutely NO fireworks.
  • NO feeding wildlife.
  • NO commercial activity.

Please take the “Leave No Trace” pledge:

  • Pledge to keep Washington’s trails beautiful! Rattlesnake Ledge Trail belongs to all of us.
  • Respect wildlife. Observe them from a safe distance and pledge not to feed them and keep your pets on a leash.
  • Dispose of waste (human, dog and trash) properly. Pledge to pack it in and pack it out.
  • Preserve the wild experience. Pledge to help create a great trail culture that respects other trail users, yielding the trail and letting the sounds of nature prevail.

 

Rattlesnake Lake Trail

This lake trail is located on the southeast side of the lake and is a mix of barrier-free paved and packed gravel loop trails that access the lake, parking, and the Cedar River Watershed Education Center.

  • Length: 3/4 mile to Cedar River Watershed Education Center
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Users: Foot, Bike, ADA Accessible
  • Rattlesnake Lake Trail Map (pdf)
Photo of Rattlesnake Ledge Trail
Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

 

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail and Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

Beginning at Rattlesnake Lake, the

Lake Ouachita

 One of the most popular outdoor recreation activities at Lake Ouachita is camping. The Corps of Engineers manages 16 campgrounds at Lake Ouachita, with campsites ranging from primitive to paved pull through sites with water and electric hook-ups. Many of the campgrounds on Lake Ouachita feature amenities such as restrooms, showers, boat ramps, sanitary disposal stations, playgrounds, electric and water hook-ups, courtesy docks, and designated swimming areas. Six of the campgrounds feature contract or volunteer park attendants who register incoming campers, provide information, and ensure the campground is operated to provide the safest, most enjoyable experience for all visitors.

Group Camping areas are available by reservation through the Lake Ouachita Field Office which allows clubs, families, and friends to camp together in a common area for a reasonable fee.Group camping areas are located at  Little Fir, and Spillway Day Use area. Denby Point and Crystal Springs Group camping area reservations can be made by calling the National Recreation Reservation System.

The outdoor activities at Lake Ouachita are numerous.  From your campsite base you can enjoy a day boating or fishing on the 40, 000 acres of crystal clear water, hike, swim or picnic at one of our many designated beaches and picnic areas, or just sit back and enjoy a campfire or relax in the shade of your campsite. 

Camp at Lake Ouachita and enjoy some of the best scenery nature has to offer in the state of Arkansas. 

Island Camping:

With over 200 islands, Lake Ouachita is an extremely popular site for island camping.  Be sure to Leave No Trace.  If you carry it in, please carry it out-this will eliminate litter.  Protect water sources from contamination – use biodegradable soap, or try hot water soapless dishwashing, bathing and clothes washing.  When using soap (even biodegradable) and toothpaste, dispose of the wastewater at least 100 feet away from natural water sources.  Remember that nails and wires should not be used on trees because they can cause serious damage to trees, and that burn damage will permanently scar or kill a tree.  If building a campfire make sure that you keep it contained with rocks and build it at least 10 feet away from trees and other brush.  Never leave a campfire unattended.  By following these and other safe camping practices you can keep Lake Ouachita’s islands healthy for future generations to enjoy.

Camping Policies and Regulations

 

Class A Camping Areas

All campsites are non-reservable and are available on a “first come-first serve” basis from 26th September through 30 April.  Reservable campsites are available from 1 May to 25th September. Fees: $14– $30 per night

Reservations for Class A sites at these camping areas (excluding Stephens Park)  may be made by calling the National Recreation Reservation System’s toll free number 1-877-444-6777 or on the internet at www.recreation.gov

 Stephens Park – 9 campsites Location:  Highway 227 in Hot Springs to Mountain Pine, then follow Blakely Dam Road past school.  Park is on left at the base of Blakely Mountain Dam. 

Lake Whitney 2020 | Vacation Rentals, Lodging & Cabins

Lake Whitney Information

Located in central Texas, approximately 90 minutes southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Lake Whitney is a popular recreational destination for fishing, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, hunting, sight-seeing and more! Surrounded by the Texas Hill Country with around 225 miles of shoreline that varies from towering limestone cliffs to small hidden coves and sandy beaches, it’s no wonder Lake Whitney has been named the “Official Getaway Capital of Texas.”

Lake Whitney State Parks

Lake Whitney has 14 state parks with boat ramps as well as several privately-owned marinas surrounding the lake, making it very easy to experience everything the lake has to offer! Whether you’re into swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, jet-skiing, wakeboarding or just sitting on the shore observing some of the local wildlife, Lake Whitney is sure to delight every family member.

The Wildlife and Fishing

In addition to the white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, silver foxes, hundreds of varieties of birds and other small wildlife that make their home here, Lake Whitney is also known as one of the best lakes for striped bass, white bass, smallmouth bass, and blue catfish. Don’t worry if your angling skills are a little bit lacking – there are plenty of fishing guides in the area to help you discover all the best hidden spots for your next big catch!

Local Attractions

Even if your visit to Lake Whitney takes place in the cooler months of the year, there are still plenty of opportunities for a memorable getaway! The nearby town of Whitney has grocery stores, locally owned restaurants, gift shops, antique stores and plenty of small town charm. Within a short drive of Whitney you can also find the Texas Heritage Museum, the Clifton Classic Chassis Auto Museum, the Cell Block Museum in Hillsboro where Elvis Presley once briefly resided, and the family operated award-winning Red Caboose Winery. You’ll most certainly want to bring a bottle or two back to your vacation home rental to enjoy while watching the sun set over the lake.

Family Activites

Looking for a family-friendly excursion during your stay? Just a little further out of town is Dinosaur Valley Park where you and your family can literally walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs who left their tracks in the bed of the nearby river. Don’t forget to capture your ancient reptile adventure by taking a selfie with the giant dinosaur models! While here you may also want to explore the nearby Fossil Rim Wildlife Center where you can, quite literally, have a hands on experience with endangered wildlife.

No matter the reason for your visit, we have no doubt Lake Whitney will enchant you and your entire family!

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Vicksburg District to temporarily close visitor centers, field offices, recreation areas to the public

VICKSBURG, Miss. —

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District will temporarily close its visitor centers, interpretive centers, field offices and select recreation site attractions across Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas to the public beginning March 19.

The affected visitor and interpretive centers include the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center in Shreveport, Louisiana; the Grand Ecore Visitor Center in Natchitoches, Louisiana; the Grenada Lake Visitor Center in Grenada, Mississippi; and the DeGray Lake Visitor Center in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. These centers will each close March 19.

The affected field offices include those at Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis and Grenada lakes in Mississippi; Lake Greeson, DeGray Lake and Lake Ouachita in Arkansas; Bayou Bodcau in Louisiana; and the Louisiana Field Office in Monroe, Louisiana. These offices will each close March 19.

The public will be unable to receive in-person customer service or purchase recreation passes from all of the district’s visitor centers, interpretive centers and field offices beginning March 19. The public is encouraged to contact the offices and centers via telephone for customer service and to purchase recreation passes online at the following link: https://store.usgs.gov/pass.

All district campgrounds will be closed March 23. Visitors to the campgrounds must depart no later than 4 p.m. March 22. All scheduled campground reservations after March 22 will be canceled. Refunds will be provided through Recreation One Stop, which is available online at Recreation.gov or via telephone at 1-877-444-6777.

All district day use areas will be closed as soon as possible but no later than March 23. All scheduled pavilion and special event registrations will be canceled. Visitors who had registrations should contact the appropriate field office for refund information.

At this time, the recreation sites’ boat ramps and nearby amenities, including restrooms and fish cleaning stations, will remain open.

For more information about closures, cancelations and other operational changes, the public may contact the following:

•    Arkabutla Lake: 662-562-6261

•    Enid Lake: 662-563-4571

•    Grenada Lake: 662-226-5911

•    Sardis Lake: 662-563-4531

•    Bayou Bodcau, Caddo Lake, Wallace Lake: 318-949-1804

•    J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center: 318-677-2673

•    Grand Ecore Visitor Center: 318-354-8770

•    Louisiana Field Office: 318-322-6391

•    Lake Ouachita: 501-767-2101 (extension 7-3006)

•    DeGray Lake: 870-246-5501 (extension 6-4021)

•    Lake Greeson: 870-285-2151 (extension 5-5005)

These closures and cancelations are due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concern and recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USACE guidance to avoid large gatherings of people. As of 9 a.m. CDT March 18, 34 COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed in Mississippi, 22 in Arkansas and 196  in Louisiana.

“Based on the need to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Vicksburg District has decided to temporarily close our visitor centers, interpretive centers, field offices, and select recreation areas and to cancel events at our recreation sites in the coming weeks,” said Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard. “The health and safety of our team, our community and

All 78+ Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental Companies

It doesn’t matter if you’re staying for a long weekend or a month, Lake Tahoe vacation rentals are ready to provide you with a temporary mountain lodge or lakeside cottage. A large selection of rental companies populate the area, so you can discover which towns have the Lake Tahoe lodging you want. And if you have a particular town in mind, it isn’t difficult to scout out your favorite among all types of Lake Tahoe vacation rentals. Say you want to stay in a South Lake Tahoe, and whether your Lake Tahoe lodging is a simple condo or expansive estate is entirely up to you. You can expect to work with mom n’ pop rental companies where the staff knows the area and are committed to providing you with the best vacation experience as well as with nationally known businesses with lots of marketing and technology power.

Lake Tahoe vacation rentals are diverse. If you’re visiting Tahoe to enjoy the warm sunshine and the refreshing lake, a picturesque Kings Beach vacation rental, such as a lakefront house, will put you and your crew right on the water. Or maybe you’re hoping to escape to Lake Tahoe’s winter wonderland. An Incline Village vacation rental’s cozy log cabin with stone fireplace will keep you toasty between hours spent on the ski slopes.

Choosing a Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental

Your Lake Tahoe vacation rental can place you as close to or as far away from the bustle as you want. If you’re constantly searching for places to go and people to see, a Truckee vacation rental condo can immerse you in the middle of the town’s action and activities. Or if you want a vacation that really lets you get away from it all, a Tahoe City vacation rental’s isolated cottage in a peaceful wilderness setting might suit you. Nothing says, tranquil like the sole sound of pine needles rustling in the breeze or waves gently lapping against the shore.        

Lake Tahoe also makes for an excellent destination wedding. Squaw Valley vacation rentals offer an assortment of places to stay suitable for wedding parties. Even better, they’re near lots of venues that’ll provide romantic spots for exchanging vows.

Some of the Lake Tahoe hotels and resorts also offer vacation rental properties like condos, cabins and homes. Also check our Lake Tahoe Places to Stay page for accommodations options.

Check out the listing below to find the Lake Tahoe vacation rental that best fits your upcoming getaway.

Lake Tahoe Vacation Rentals by Area

South Lake Tahoe | Truckee | Tahoe City & West Shore | Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows
Kings Beach & North Shore | Incline Village & Crystal Bay

 

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Welcome!

Planning the ideal getaway? Whether a quick weekend for two, an extended journey with the kids, or a family reunion… you want your vacation to go smoothly without any unnecessary interruptions or inconveniences. The anticipation of arriving at your destination can quickly turn into disappointment and frustration when you discover what’s involved in the planning process.

That’s where we come in. Leave the hassle of navigating through the endless options to someone with experience to someone who has been there, done that, and has the T-Shirt to prove it…and the Award’s!
 
Our Travel Professionals quickly navigate the internet, travel the world, and keep themselves trained with educational seminars and trade shows provided by the industry. Thanks to our clients, Crystal Lake Travel has sustained growth and progress since 1960, giving us the ability to provide preferred levels of pricing and inventory from our vendors to you.

Our mission is to “provide intelligent information, experience and value to each and every customer by treating their vacation as though it was one of our family members”.

 

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Things to do at Lake Tahoe

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Many things to do at Lake Tahoe. We can assist you in arrangement. 775 741 0735


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Do not forget to tip the dealers and cocktail waitresses. Their pay is min wage. They make their money from tips.

We can teach you how to play all the casino games. You may not win a lot but you will lose slower. We have been in the casino business for over 30 year and have owned a couple too!!!

Drop us a note at josh@tahoe.name


Getting Married?
Want something special for a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party?
Or just want to try something different!
 Give Nevada Recreation a call. 775 741 0735

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Need a personal tour around the lake, Give us a call and we can help you make arrangements. Car, limo, bus , balloon, photo tours or helicopter. Give us a call or text us at 775 741 0735. Check out our activities section.



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Looking to get married at Tahoe, there are a lot of companies that can help with this.
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Sightseeing, lunch, tours, private outtings
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Attractions at Tahoe

Cave Rock east shore, Eagle Rock west shore, Fannette Island Emerald Bay, Heavenly Valley South Tahoe, High Camp Squaw Valley, Kings Beach North Shore, North Tahoe Arts Center Tahoe City, Tahoe City, Tallac Historic site South Lake, Taylor Creek Visitors Center South Lake, Vikingsholm Castle Emerald Bay, Watson Cabin Tahoe City, ThunderBird Lodge East Shore, Gatekeeper’s Museum Tahoe City, 1960 Olympic Museum Squaw Valley, Tahoe Maritime Museum Tahoe Cty, Tahoe Science Center Incline Village

 
Forest Service Restrictions for the Back Country at Tahoe

At 10,776 feet, Mount Rose is the third highest mountain in the Tahoe Basin. The six-mile (one-way) hike offers views of both Washoe Valley and the surrounding Tahoe Basin. Snow stays on the peaks into the summer months, so late June is the best time to start hiking this trail.

Take the Mt. Rose Highway (State Route 431) to the trail head, which is a half-mile from the summit and next to a building and a gate. Follow this dirt road, which turns into a footpath after 2.5 miles. An elevation gain of 2,620 feet makes this a challenge, but keep going, because the panoramic views from the top are definitely

Welcome to Lake Sonoma

 

***UPDATE ON COVID-19***
* As of 2 p.m. today (March 23), all public use areas at Lake Sonoma are now closed until further notice. This includes all campgrounds, day-use areas, boat ramps and the visitor center. We will continue to coordinate with county public health officials as we monitor the situation.
* Additionally, the Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito, as well as all fish hatchery tours at Lake Mendocino, have been suspended/closed until further notice. Please continue to check this site for updates. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but safety first.

* Coronavirus Information – https://www.usace.army.mil/coronavirus

WELCOME

Nestled in the beautiful coastal foothills of Sonoma County, California, Lake Sonoma is surrounded by world famous vineyards and land that is rich in history. Created by the construction of Warm Springs Dam in 1983, the lake provides for flood control, irrigation and recreation. When full, the lake has a surface area of more than 2,700 acres and 50 miles of shoreline, forming the perfect setting for a wealth of recreational activities. We invite you to hike, swim, ride, boat, camp, fish, or hunt at our beautiful lake.

Interested in a tour on horseback?  Check out The Ranch at Lake Sonoma:  www.theranchatlakesonoma.com

 

BEFORE WARM SPRINGS DAM: A HISTORY OF THE LAKE SONOMA AREA (Click Here)

 

The Warm Springs Cultural Resources Study was one of the first large projects conducted under federal historic preservation laws and regulations enacted in the 1960s. From 1974 to 1984, before the filling of Lake Sonoma behind Warm Springs Dam, the area was intensively studied by a team of archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, architectural historians, ethnobotanists, historians, and Native American traditional scholars. Before Warm Springs Dam was the last of many reports produced by that team, synthesizing the material for a general audience.

Unfortunately, by the time the report was completed in 1985, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had insufficient funds to distribute it as widely as intended. Funds for the envisioned future publication of the volume never materialized. A few years ago, the Anthropological Studies Center requested permission from the Corps to publish the volume elsewhere. This was granted and thus began the task of recreating a volume whose text resided on obsolete “elephant disks.” Rose White scanned the text from the original provided by the Corps. The authors proofread the text for the myriad minute errors that sneak into scanned text. Maria Ribeiro formatted the report, inserted the graphics, and made the final edits. Scotty Thompson and Richard Stradford helped us find elusive photographs.

Much as we were tempted to update the volume and revise sections we now know to be inaccurate or outdated, we agreed that such an effort would put the volume’s publication back another 15 years. So except for very minor technical edits, this is the Before Warm Springs Dam: A History of the Lake Sonoma Area as it was submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1985.

 

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Lake Havasu boat ramps open as Arizona pushes outdoor recreation | Coronavirus

All of the boat ramps in Lake Havasu City remain open as part of the essential function to provide outdoor recreation to residents per the governor’s stay-at-home order issued Monday.

Across the Colorado River, however, the Chemehuevi chairman Charles Wood said the tribe has basically shut down the boat ramps with “very limited traffic” remaining.

“There are some local residents that have boats, they are very understanding that we are trying to keep people even off the lake, and from traveling around,” he said.

Wood said the tribe started taking actions to limit movement about two weeks ago, and their efforts have slowly evolved over time as different declarations were announced.

Wood said the hotel and casino are completely vacant and they are not allowing any new campers into the area. Those who were already camping when the coronavirus situation arose have been allowed to stay, however.

As a federally recognized tribe the Chemehuevi have the authority to chart their own course, but Wood said they are relying heavily on advice from various government officials and entities.

“We are listening to the president, we are listening to the governor, and we are listening to Indian Health Services,” Woods said. “I would say 99 percent we are probably following what (California) Gov. (Gavin) Newson has put out — 99 or maybe even 100 percent.”

The Big River boat ramps in La Paz County are also closed.

Meanwhile the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station said all of the public boat ramps in Needles, California, are open.

Outdoor recreation encouraged

On Tuesday many local residents took advantage of the outdoor recreation essential function by heading out to the lake for some fresh air.

Lake Havasu City resident Russ Kavanaugh is an avid bass fisherman and regular on the lake but on Tuesday he had a little company in his boat.

“I’m out because I can’t take the house anymore — I had to get out,” said Russ’ wife Jean Kavanaugh. “This is so confining, but this is the only place you can go where you can social distance, so it is very nice to be out on the lake.”

Lots of locals seem to have had the same idea.

The parking lot at the Lake Havasu State Park boat ramps was mostly full late Tuesday morning. Russ noted that the parking lot looked more like it was a holiday weekend than a weekday in Havasu. Even with the extra crowds, however, Jean said people seem to be keeping to themselves and practicing proper social distancing while putting their boats in and out of the water and that there is plenty of room for everyone out on the lake.

Jean said they have had to tweak how they go about daily life without meetings or church to go to. She said they generally try to go out to eat a couple times a week, but have had to cut back as restaurants have been ordered to close their dine-in operations. Jean

Allatoona Lake

Situated on the Etowah River just 30 miles from Atlanta, Ga., the serene and peaceful surroundings of Allatoona Lake offer a respite from the rush of city living.  In fact, Allatoona Lake is one of the most frequently visited Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation with nearly 7 million visitors each year.

The Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with other public and private organizations, provides a wide spectrum of quality recreation opportunities that inject nearly $250 million into the regional economy each year. As metro Atlanta moves northwest, recreation usage of the lake is certain to increase.

Allatoona Lake is well equipped to meet the increased demand of the future with  589 campsites and 188 picnic sites. Additional facilities are found in nine city and county parks, one state park and eight commercial marinas.  Allatoona Lake has 270 miles of shoreline on which 978 Shoreline Use permits have been issued.

Authorized under the Flood Control Acts (FCAs) of Aug. 18, 1941, and Dec. 22, 1944 for the purposes of flood control and hydro-electric generation, Allatoona Lake is the oldest multipurpose project in the South Atlantic Division (SAD). The FCA of 1944 also authorized construction of recreation facilities.  Impoundment of the project began in December 1949 and the lake was in full operation by January 1950. The total cost of the Allatoona project for construction, land, clearing and relocation was $31.5 million. 

Allatoona Lake is the first impoundment for water as it flows from the Blue Ridge Mountains and additional water for the project depends on rainfall. For an unparalleled  view of the dam, we recommend stopping by the Allatoona Lake Project Management Office and Visitor Center.  The Visitor Center also features displays and video exhibits on the local area’s history, ranging from the time of early Indians – to the gold mining and iron making days – to the present.

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