[Tweeters] Loss of access to Post Office Lake (Ridgefield NWR)

Tom Talbott tom.talbott at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 07:22:35 PDT 2016


I know that the one time I was there we found people target practicing at
the end of the road. I'm not surprised if the local residents are happy to
have the area closed off. It is a shame, though, that we have lost another
place for more peaceful activities.

On Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 9:39 PM, John Bishop <bishopjg at earthlink.net> wrote:


> I tried to go birding at Post Office Lake today. Post Office Lake is at

> the end of the Lower River Road and is at the south end of the Ridgefield

> NWR. In the winter there are sometimes thousands of ducks, coots, and

> swans on the lake and thousands more geese and sandhill cranes in the

> surrounding fields. Some interesting birds have been seen here, in the

> last few months these include white faced ibis, snowy egret, common redpoll.

>

> The road is gated at mile 10, but until now you could walk or bike down

> the road about 1.3 miles to the refuge, then along the partially eroded

> road for good scope views to the lake. The road has collapsed into the

> Columbia River, hence its closure.

>

> Today I found a large number of concrete barricades with “Road Closed”

> signs at Mile 11, a few yards past the single house on the road. I skirted

> around them, thinking that the road was just closed to vehicles, not

> pedestrians. As I was scoping a flock of geese, the resident of the house

> came over and told me I was trespassing and that the road was closed to all

> use.

>

> Apparently the state DOT recently transferred ownership of the road to

> Clark County, as described in this article from January in The Columbian.

>

> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.columbian.com_news_2016_jan_29_wsdot-2Dgive-2Dfar-2Dstretch-2Dlower-2Driver-2Droad-2Dclark-2Dcounty_&d=CwIGaQ&c=C3yme8gMkxg_ihJNXS06ZyWk4EJm8LdrrvxQb-Je7sw&r=6nchVXC_5a7U784lKKQUiA&m=VQFD3TCBN2BS5z_Nq4V342-zFiWXUZKGMD-OWj6KkiI&s=3ysbdC0XcT63s2tU9aLjL3k6NXZTmDS7oF0_qhBe5us&e=

>

>

> The county is talking about eventually transferring ownership of the road

> to the adjacent landowners, possibly keeping an easement.

>

> It would be a shame if this route became private and we lost pedestrian

> access to view Post Office Lake. I’m interested in hearing what others on

> the list think of this situation - some of you are much more familiar with

> the history of this area than I am. Also, does “Road Closed” really mean

> to all use and is it trespassing to go on it? I would think the county

> would make that a little clearer.

>

> John Bishop

> Vancouver, WA

>

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