Jim Jenkins· Registered
For those of you on here may remember I was on a mission last year to try and find out why we didn’t have access to Ebey L. anymore. I will share some of what I found out. Yes, the lake is on DNR land, this however does not guarantee access though. The biggest problem is the main road up to the DNR gate is privately owned, thus the gate is legal. There was an alternate road off of the main one near the power lines but this was a temporary easement for logging the south end of the lake. What I thought was weird was the WDFW still shows this lake in the regs pamphlet. They say they can’t do anything about the gate. The DNR gate you used to be able to drive up to was installed because of vandalism to the out house and all the trash at the lake. This lake has not been stocked by the WDFW as someone stated above. It was stock by the local fly fishing club by back packing them in. I had heard that they were supplied by the WDFW though. I can appreciate trying to get this lake back open to all but it will be a battle against the property owners, not the state, DNR or WDFW. I have already written letters and got the big run-around from agency to agency. Even after all that, I can tell you there is NO one you can call that will give you the answer your looking for. At this point I have pretty much given up. I thought about trying to contact the property owner that is in control of the gate to see if he will let us have access through some agreement ($$$). The only other thing that might be able to do is buy some property above the gate, then you have the right through easements to gain access. Maybe as a fly fishing group or club, some of us got together, we might be able to buy a small piece of property right next to the DNR gate. Make some parking places and even a small area to camp if you wanted too. It would probably be cheaper than trying to fight the land owners in the courts.