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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

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Loveland Trails | City of Loveland

Trail Closures in Loveland

Emerald Glen Trail in Loveland      Recreation Trail through Emerald Glen Natural Area – Wilson Ave. and 43rd St. 

Trail SystemLoveland Recreation Trail Sign

Paved Trails

The Recreation Trail System consists of 26 miles of paved trail nearly encircling Loveland and connecting to other regional trails, including Long View Trail and Colorado Front Range Trail.

The main loop trail runs through beautiful areas on the west side of town near Wilson Ave., along the Big Thompson River corridor, over and under city streets, along irrigation canals and the west shore of Boyd Lake State Park and through prairies and wetland meadows.

 

The entire trail system is open from 6:00A to 10:30P daily. 

Quarter-mile markers are located along a large portion of the trail to measure distance traveled. These markers begin counting near Wilson Avenue and continue east and around to the Hwy 287 North underpass (near 57th Street).   

Loveland Recreation Trail

Trail Sections

  • Big Thompson River Trail (Rossum Drive to South Highway 287)
  • Civic Center Trail (South Highway 287 to Denver Avenue)
  • Boyd Lake Trail (Denver Avenue to County Road 11C)
  • North Trail (County Road 11C to North Taft Avenue)
  • Westside Trail (North Taft Avenue to West Highway 34)
  • Front Range Trail (County Road 11C north to East County Road 30)
  • Long View Trail (57th Street & Taft north to Trilby Road-Fort Collins)

map of Loveland recreation trail and bikewaysMaps are available to pick up at numerous locations around the city, including the Loveland Visitor’s Center, Boyd Lake State Park, Chilson Recreation Center, various Loveland bicycle shops, or at the Parks & Recreation administrative office (500 E. Third St., Suite 200). 

Rec Trail & Bikeways Map (PDF)

Loveland Bikeways & Trails Brochure (PDF)

Regional Trails

Soft-Surface Trails 

Loveland has more than 20 miles of soft-surface trails in and around Loveland for your enjoyment.

Trail Closures & Detours

Additional Recreation Trail Resources

Accessibility

The trail is partially handicap accessible from several locations and is designed to accommodate many types of recreation uses.

Be Aware!  Wildlife Near the Trails

Recreation Trail & Bikeways Map 2017

Parks & Recreation Administration
970.962.2727
Email parks@cityofloveland.org

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National Forests shut down off-highway trails and recreation areas

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and more and more facilities normally used by visitors shut down across Virginia and country, a lot of closures within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have been announced.

The national forest lands already shut down all trailhead facilities and access points to the Appalachian Trail in line with CDC and Virginia Department of Health guidance for social distancing.

Prior to that, recreation areas and campgrounds, as well as bathrooms, OHV trails, trail shelters and many day-use areas were closed.

Now, on Wednesday, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests gave breakdowns of the campgrounds and restroom facilities temporarily closing in the North River Ranger District, as well as all the off-highway trails and developed recreation areas in the Lee Ranger District closing.

The closures are meant to protect the safety of both the public and USDA Forest Service staff, according to the announcement.

National Forest trails and forest roads will remain open for public use, but the Forest Service advises that people follow all social distancing guidelines while hiking or partaking in any activities in the National Forests.

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the forest lands remain open for recreational fishing.

They say law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited by COVID-19 as well, so high risk activities like rock climbing should be avoided.

“We realize our communities and our visitors value the recreation opportunities the forest has to offer,” said Joby Timm, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest Supervisor. “A lot of consideration went into this decision. The health and safety of our employees and the public remain our top priority.”

The following facilities in the North River Ranger District are closing:

• Hone Quarry Campground and Day Use Area
• North River Campground
• Brandywine Campground and Day Use Area
• Todd Lake Campground and Day Use Area
• Shaws Fork Equestrian Campground
• Camp Run Campground
• Briery Branch Day Use Area
• Elkhorn Lake Day Use Area
• Staunton Dam Picnic Area
• Blue Hole Day Use Area
• Braley Pond Day Use Area
• Mountain House Day Use Area
• Hite Hollow Shooting Range
• West Side Shooting Range
• August Springs Wetlands Interpretive Trail Restroom
• Confederate Breastworks Restroom

The following facilities in the Lee Ranger District are closing:

• Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap OHV Trail Complex
• Wolf Gap Campground and Picnic Area
• Little Fort Campground
• Elizabeth Furnace Family Campground, Day Use Area and Group Camp
• Camp Roosevelt Campground and Picnic Area
• Trout Pond Recreation Campground, Day Use Area, and Rockcliff Lake
• Hawk Campground and Group Camp
• Lions Tale National Recreation Trail Restroom

Campgrounds and picnic shelters are temporarily unavailable for reservation on Recreation.gov. Anyone who already had a reservation will be notified and refunds will be processed.

However, those refunds, like many refunds right now, may be delayed due to the volume of cancellations.

The national forests say

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Coronavirus: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti shuts down beach parking, recreation facilities due to ‘too many people packing beaches, trails and parks’

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Sunday night he was shutting down parking at city beaches and closing sports recreation facilities in Los Angeles County amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Twitter, Mayor Garcetti said the decision came after officials saw “too many people packing beaches, trails and parks” over the first weekend of the “Safer at Home” order issued on Thursday.

“This is serious. Stay at home and save lives,” the Tweet said in part.

WATCH: Mayor Garcetti announces ‘Safer at Home’ restrictions on businesses, activities (Full statement)

The announcement comes after officials announced Saturday that all sports and recreation areas at Los Angeles County parks will be closed until further notice amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation said the decision was made as an extra precaution in response to COVID-19.

The closure affects playgrounds, fitness equipment areas, courts, skate parks, multi-use fields, pickleball courts, golf courses and lawn bowling.

Local and state officials continue to push for social distancing during the “Safer at Home” order issued last week.

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