The county fair was cancelled, big blocks of national forest are closed to access, the first day of school was pushed back two weeks and all of three campers showed up for Labor Day weekend at one resort on Washington’s best getaway lake.
All that just might be why the folks up in Ferry County are more determined than ever to pull off a big community event later this month.
“Curlew Lake and the area surrounding Republic, Washington, has survived our fires and is clean, green and full of fish,” said organizers in a press release.
But with September’s cooler, moister weather, evacuations have been eased and all major roads in the vicinity are open.
“Our tourism season was cut short and the forests may not be open for our hunting season. Our merchants are hurting and we need something to lift our spirits as well as bring in some much-needed visitors. It’s beautiful here!” said organizers.
Fall’s not only a great time for bass fishing on Curlew Lake, but trout, perch and tiger musky action can be solid as well.
Ferry County is also among the state’s best for grouse, and with this spring’s dry conditions, wildlife biologists say chick survival should have been good and that that should make for improved hunting opportunities.
The region also hosts one of the state’s best deer hunting units, GMU 101, Sherman.
As for getting at the game, earlier this week, Colville National Forest managers lifted the closure area south of Highway 20 and east of Sherman Pass, though the Kettle Crest remains inaccessible.
Besides the tournament, Bass, Bands, BBQ and Brew also features a half-marathon, local food and drink, and two bands on Friday and Saturday nights.