PSE’s Lake Shannon Boat Ramp to Be Open for 2012 Fishing Season

Nearby Construction Work Won’t Impede Lake Access for Boaters

CONCRETE, Wash. (April 2, 2012) – Ongoing construction of a major fish-passage facility next to Puget Sound Energy’s public boat ramp at Lake Shannon won’t prevent anglers from launching their boats in the Skagit County reservoir during the 2012 sport-fishing season.

The utility’s boat ramp, located off Baker River Road along the southeast shore of Lake Shannon, will remain open to anglers throughout the fishing season despite the nearby construction activity, said Pam Garland, PSE recreation and license administrator for the Baker River Hydroelectric Project. The ramp is the only public boat launch on Lake Shannon.

To ensure public safety during the construction project, Garland added, fishing from shore won’t be allowed this year inside a log boom just south of PSE’s boat ramp.

The 2012 season for Western Washington lake fishing opens April 28.

PSE is in the process of constructing a replacement for its decades-old “floating surface collector” on Lake Shannon. The new facility – similar to the heralded Baker Lake fish collector PSE completed in 2008 behind Upper Baker Dam – will vastly improve the collection of young fish for downstream transport by tanker trucks around Lower Baker Dam.

A higher outmigration of juvenile salmon typically produces a higher return of adult salmon once the juveniles have matured in the ocean. The two largest Baker River sockeye-salmon runs in history have occurred after completion of the Baker Lake floating surface collector.

The new Lake Shannon fish collector is scheduled to be operational by spring 2013.

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Washington state’s oldest local energy utility, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.

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