Outdoors

Three things to do this weekend

All weekend: The South Fork Toutle River is now open to fishing for hatchery steelhead. The river is open from the mouth to the 4700 Road Bridge, and angling should be good. The daily limit is two hatchery fish. The river usually opens the first Saturday in June, but there are a lot of hatchery fish in the river right now. For information, visit wdfw.wa.gov.

All weekend: Lots of shorebirds are still hanging around the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, west of Hoquiam of Highway 109. Millions of birds stop at the giant saltwater marsh each spring to refuel for the next leg of the long flight to arctic breeding grounds. Bowerman Basin, which has a great boardwalk, is a good place to spot birds at high tides. For information, visit fws.gov/graysharbor.

All weekend: Hike a trail and spot birds and wildlife at the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area north of Olympia on the west side of Henderson Inlet. A one-mile-long loop trail is a great outing for hikers with kids -- or people who just want a little stroll along a wooded saltwater bay. For information, visit dnr.wa.gov.

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