Beach Lake closed to the public

Restoration site

PORT ANGELES — Beach Lake near the mouth of the Elwha River has been closed to the public.

“We are experiencing unprecedented and unsustainable public pressure on our shorelines along the North Olympic Peninsula, including at the Beach Lake Ecosystem Restoration site,”said Anne Shaffer, Coastal Watershed Institute director, in a press release.

”We’ve received numerous, and increasing, reports of illegal parking, camping, dogs, trespass, garbage, and inappropriate behavior.”

The site is not a park, she emphasized.

Violators will be cited for trespass, and vehicles will be ticketed and towed,” she said.

Beach Lake is at the northernmost tip of Angeles Point and about one mile east of the mouth of the Elwha River. The Elwha River. It is a remnant river channel.

For more information, see http://www.coastal watershedinstitute.org/beachlake.htm.

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