Fish Lake Skating Announcement

New Years 2010_99_27By Gary Schuster
I have received many inquiries as to the status of the skating rink on Fish Lake. The responses have taken the general form of \’will get back to you\’.

The weeks surrounding Christmas were challenging around here, so not much thought was given to the rink. By the time it was ready to call for volunteers and begin the process of rink building there was notification by the Forest Service of a couple on concerns that put all plans on hold.

It seems that we may need a permit and insurance to absolve the Forest Service of liability associated with an organized effort to put people on skates on Fish Lake. In addition, since the Cove is already a permit holder at the rink site, we may not be able to get an additional permit for this site even though we have the Cove\’s blessing. I have been promised an expedited effort by a representative of the Forest Service to resolve this issue.

At the moment we are experiencing one of our bi-seasonal melt- downs. Typically at the end of one of these cycles the lake freezes giving us smooth snow-free ice. Hopefully by then some of the other issues will be resolved.

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  • michaelstanford February 1, 2013, 12:45 am

    Who really OWNS the lake anyway?

  • Elaine February 2, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Our government and it’s agencies are getting way out of hand! Why should they care or even have the right to dictate what is done, if a few citizens, who by the way pay a lot of taxes to pay them, want to use a frozen lake to do some ice skating. They do not own the lake. Excuse me!!!

  • Fred February 2, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Whomever owns the lake (USFS?) might be able to protect themselves by posting warning signs in conformance with RCW 4.24.210 – which provides liability protection for lake owners who post warning signs. That’s if broad Federal immunity from lawsuits isn’t enough protection already.
    Unfortunately, I suspect there’s little experience at USFS in addressing concerns like this, and the many opinions on it might take time to gather and evaluate, so I would expect it to take a while to be resolved.
    Gone are the days when groups could just engage in good clean fun… If anyone reads this who can make a difference, I hope you ‘ll move the issue along so families can skate again.