New boating rules at Lake Lowell, Lake Cascade fishing derby April 25-26

New boating rules at Lake Lowell

Lake Lowell opened to motorized boating Wednesday. The Lower Dam Recreation Area boat ramp and all other ramps are now open, including those at the east and west ends of the Upper Dam and parking lots 1 and 7 on the south side of the lake.

New regulations for boaters include additional no-wake zones. Boaters should remember to slow down for wildlife in the expanded no-wake zone on the east end of the lake, a new no-wake zone through the Narrows, and a 200-yard no-wake zone on the south side of the lake.

Boaters are encouraged to watch for fishing osprey and bald eagles, surface-nesting western and Clark’s grebes and many other animals using the lake.

For more information and refuge maps, go to fws.gov/deerflat.

Lake Cascade fishing derby is April 25-26

Howdy’s Gas and Grub in Cascade is hosting its 21st annual “Ice Off” Lake Cascade Fishing Derby. The entry fee is $7 and free for kids ages 14 and younger. Everyone who enters the derby has a chance to win a prize. People must register at 503 N. Main St. in Cascade before fishing in the derby. Registration is open at the store, and the deadline is noon April 26.

Cash prizes totaling $900 will be awarded for the largest trout and heaviest stringer of three perch for kids and adults. Prizes will awarded after the final weigh-in at 3 p.m. April 26 at Howdy’s. For more information, call Howdy’s at 382-6712.