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  A splendid 21-mile-long whitewater sweep on Klickitat River is nearby. This, the Yakama Reservation to Leidl Campground sector, is a class III+. In the event that you possess a little whitewater rafting or kayaking practice, this sweep of Klickitat River could be a splendid sweep for your skill. For your security you ought to always check circumstances prior to going whitewater rafting or kayaking. This place is peerless, just explore all the fun stuff to
    do close to Bench Lake. A pleasant sight of picturesque Little Mount Adams is available from Bench Lake, and some of the water nearby flows, like Rusk Creek.

This is Bench Lake in the Bird Creek area of Mt. Adams, Washington. This is located on the Yakama Reservation portion of land called Tract D which was Treaty land deeded back to the tribes in 1973. Mt. Adams plays peekaboo here with Little Mt. Adams.

The ranger of this area, Richard Canapo, stays in a trailer up the hill at the entrance by Mirror Lake and is a good source of local information as well as maps of the trails in the area. Permits are as follows:

Entry permit... $5. 00 for a 5 day entry fee

Camping and fishing permits are in addition to entry fees and are:

Camping... $10. 00 per night per space Fishing ... $5. 00 per day or $10. 00 for 5 days

You can have up to 12 pieces of split firewood per night of camping.

I should add that the road in to this lake is a bit rough and rocky, a narrow dirt road. Be cautious watching for other traffic, and I would not take an extremely low car in here. Last trip someone put a hole in a crankcase of a PT Cruiser... This can be avoided by careful driving! - Darlisa Black


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