Fish Lake is a beloved recreation resource that supports swimming, year-round fishing, boating and wildlife. In September 2014 a toxic algae bloom forced the closure of the lake due to health concerns for people, pets and wildlife.

Chelan County Department of Natural Resources, Chelan County-Douglas Health District, Washington Department of Ecology and Washington State University have partnered and are in the process of developing an algae control plan to control future Blue-Green algae blooms. Community engagement and support are an integral part of the plan.

The first meeting between this group and the public was held on Thursday June 1st. The crowd was larger than expected and two hours were spent discussing the lake’s ecology, water sampling protocols, invasive weed concerns, potential long term management plan and finally the need for minor additional funding.

To date, funding in the amount of $58,250 has been received as State Grants which has covered the majority of this study. To complete the analysis, an additional $3,417 in funding is required, specifically for periodic water testing. The program budget details are included below for your edification.

Fish Lake is a recreational resource to thousands of people every year. As the recreational demands on the lake increase, additional care and monitoring are required to ensure we maintain the same high quality experience we all enjoy today. To this end, a Facebook page has been established specifically to keep us appraised of the progress being made, provide a forum for comments and question and help fund the final stage of this project.  Your participation is encouraged and welcome. Fish Lake Water Quality and Algae Control Plan.

This project is being coordinated by Adrienne Roumasset with the Chelan County Department of Natural Resources.
For additional information or specifics, please feel free to email

We have established a Facebook Funding Page specifically for this project.

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