Sunday: The ocean salmon season begins off Westport. A massive run of coho salmon to the Columbia River – more than 1 million coho are expected – means a long coho salmon season off Westport. Anglers can keep two fin-clipped hatchery coho or one hatchery coho and one chinook salmon. Anglers can also keep one bonus pink salmon this year.
All weekend: Ride the Mount Rainier shuttle from Longmire to Paradise. Park visitors don’t have to fight for sparse parking at Paradise – if they park their cars at Longmire and ride the free shuttle. The shuttle also makes stops at Cougar Rock and Narada Falls on the uphill run and Comet Falls and Cougar Rock on the downhill run. The shuttle will run Fridays through Sundays during the summer.
Saturday and Sunday: Join the free hike “The Wonder of Nisqually” at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. This easy guided walk explores the plants and animals on the refuge. The hike leaves the Visitor Center flagpole at 10 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
St. Helens Institute offers fishing seminar
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The Mount St. Helens Institute is offering a two-part Family Fishing Seminar on July 11 and July 18. Jeff Marso will lead the classes. The first class will be classroom style with emphasis on fly tying and practicing technique; the second will be in the field and focus on fishing.
Also on July 18, the institute is offering “Mount St. Helens: Life Returns to the Heart of the Blast Zone,” a guided exploration of the Pumice Plain and other areas north of the crater with biologist John Phillip.
Call 360-891-5069 or visit www.mshinstitute.org for more information.