REI and the Puget Creek Salmon Restoration Society are conducting a streamside trail maintenance and erosion-control project along Puget Creek in Tacoma from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday...

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REI and the Puget Creek Salmon Restoration Society are conducting a streamside trail maintenance and erosion-control project along Puget Creek in Tacoma from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The project will use a $3,000 REI conservation grant donated to the society to further enhance salmon habitat in one of only two salmon-bearing streams in the area. Volunteers are welcome. Lunch and a T-shirt will be provided. Details: 253-671-1938


A portion of Sprague Lake, in Lincoln and Adams counties in Eastern Washington, will be dedicated in a public ceremony Oct. 2 as a “watchable wildlife” area by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


The state purchased 40 acres of water access from the Hercules Ranch on the southwest end of the lake in 1998. This year, the state purchased the adjacent 636 acres of wetlands and 39 acres of lakeshore buffer from the ranch, and an arrangement was made for a conservation easement on 252 acres of adjacent uplands, all through a Washington Department of Natural Resources grant.


The land offers views of habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife, including endangered white pelicans and protected bald eagles.


The Westport Boat Basin Salmon Derby is being held now through Oct. 31. Cost is $2 per angler and fishing is allowed anywhere in the boat basin for chinook and coho. Prizes include $25 for the largest chinook and $200 for the largest coho. Derby rules: www.westportcam.com. Details: 800-345-6223.


The East Lake Washington Audubon Society is hosting a wildlife walk at 9 a.m. Tuesday along Juanita Bay. Meet at the north end of the Juanita Bay parking lot across from the Fire Station on Market Street in Kirkland. Details: 425-576-8805


The elk rut season has started at Northwest Trek in Eatonville and visitors are welcome to view the animals during mating season. Elk bugling is a form of competition in which males intimidate their opponents verbally instead of physically fighting them to gain the attention of the female elk. The wildlife park is at 11610 Trek Dr. E. in Eatonville, about 35 miles east of Tacoma, on the road to Mount Rainier. Details: 360-832-6117 or www.nwtrek.org


State Fish and Wildlife officials have closed Hood Canal to fishing for all fin-fish except salmon and trout until further notice due to adverse water conditions. Fishing for octopus and squid will also close, as well as rockfish, surf perch, herring, smelt, flatfish, hake and other forage fish and bottomfish. Salmon, trout and shellfish were left off the closure list because they are less vulnerable to the oxygen-depleted water. Data from the Washington Department of Ecology in the past week shows low dissolved-oxygen levels in many canal areas.


Lynnwood Parks and Recreation Department is offering a kayak class for participants 10 and older from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Details: 425-771-4030


Mark Yuasa can be reached at 206-464-8780; e-mail: myuasa@seattletimes.com; fax: 206-464-3255; address: P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111.