WSR 97-06-058

PERMANENT RULES

FISH AND WILDLIFE

COMMISSION

(Wildlife)

[Order 97-44--Filed February 27, 1997, 3:37 p.m.]

Date of Adoption: December 7, 1996.

Purpose: To amend WAC 232-28-02250 Game management units (GMUs)--Special game areas--Boundary descriptions--Goat units.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-02250.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.040.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 96-21-164 on October 23, 1996.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

December 30, 1996

Lisa Pelly

for Mitchell S. Johnson

Chairman

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-04-027, filed 2/1/96, effective 3/3/96)

WAC 232-28-02250 Game management units (GMUs)--Special game areas--Boundary descriptions--Goat units.

Goat Unit 2-1 Mount Chopaka: Permit Area: Okanogan County within the following described boundary: Beginning where the Similkameen River crosses the Canadian boundary near Mt. Chopaka; then south down the Similkameen River and up Palmer Lake and Sinlahekin Creek to Toats Coulee Creek; then west up Toats Coulee Creek and north up the North Fork Toats Coulee Creek; then up Snowshoe Creek to Snowshoe Mountain; then north to the Canadian boundary; then east along the Canadian boundary to the Similkameen River and point of beginning; except closed in T39N, R25EWM, which includes Grandview Mountain.

Goat Unit 2-2 Methow Area: Permit Area: Okanogan County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the Town of Twisp, westerly along the Twisp River Road (County Road 4440) to Roads End; west up the Twisp Pass Trail 432 to Twisp Pass and the Okanogan County line; northerly along the Okanogan County line through Washington Pass to Harts Pass; southeast down Harts Pass (Road 5400) to Lost River; then along the Lost River-Mazama Road to Mazama; then southwest to State Highway 20; then southeasterly along State Highway 20 to Twisp and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 3-1 East Stevens Pass: Permit Area: Chelan County within the following described boundary: Beginning at Stevens Pass; then north along the Cascades Summit to Cady Pass and the source of the Little Wenatchee River; then down the Little Wenatchee River, Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee River to U.S. Highway 2; then north and west along U.S. Highway 2 to Stevens Pass and point of beginning except those lands within 1/2 mile of Alpine Lookout.

Goat Unit 3-2 North Wenatchee Mountains: Permit Area: Chelan County south of the Stevens Pass Highway, west of the Blewett Pass Highway, and north of Ingalls Creek, and Kittitas County north of the following described line: Beginning at Ingalls Peak; then down Fortune Creek to the Cle Elum River; then up the Cle Elum River to the Cascade Summit at Deception Pass.

Goat Unit 3-3 Goat and Davis Mountains: Permit Area: Kittitas County west of the Cle Elum River, north of the Waptus River, and east and south of Trail Creek Trail.

Goat Unit 3-4 Snoqualmie: Permit Area: Kittitas County within the following described boundary: Beginning at Snoqualmie Pass; then north along the Cascade Crest to Deception Pass and the headwaters of the Cle Elum River; then south along the Cle Elum River to the Trail Creek Trail 1322; then southwest along the Trail Creek Trail to the Waptus River Trail 1310; then southeast along the Waptus River Trail to the Cle Elum River at the Salmon la Sac campground; then south along the Cle Elum River to the Cooper Pass Road (USFS Road 4600); then west along the Cooper Pass Road, through Cooper Pass to the road end near the Kachess River; then south along the Kachess River and Kachess Lake to Interstate Highway 90; then west along Interstate Highway 90 to Snoqualmie Pass and point of beginning.

Goat Unit 3-5 Cle Elum: Permit Area: Kittitas and Chelan counties within the following described boundary: Beginning at the point where Interstate Highway 90 crosses the Cle Elum River; then north along the Cle Elum River to Fortune Creek; then east along Fortune Creek to Ingalls Peak and the headwaters of Ingalls Creek; then south and east along Ingalls Creek to U.S. Highway 97; then south along U.S. Highway 97 and State Highway 970 to Interstate 90 at Cle Elum; then west along Interstate 90 to the Cle Elum River and point of beginning.

Goat Unit 3-6 Naches Pass: Permit Area: Yakima and Kittitas counties within the following described boundary: Beginning at Chinook Pass; then north along the Pacific Crest Trail to Naches Pass; then east to USFS Road 19 and continuing to State Highway 410; then west along State Highway 410 to Chinook Pass and point of beginning.

Goat Unit 3-7 Bumping River: Permit Area: Yakima County within the following described boundary: Beginning at White Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail; then north to Forest Trail 980; then north to USFS Road 18; then north to State Highway 410; then east to State Highway 12; then west along State Highway 12 and back to point of beginning; except Timberwolf Mountain, which is closed.

Goat Unit 3-8 Bumping River: Permit Area: Yakima County within the following described boundary: Beginning at White Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail; then north to Forest Trail 980; then north to USFS Road 18; then north to State Highway 410; then east to State Highway 12; then west along State Highway 12 and back to point of beginning; except Timberwolf Mountain, which is closed.

Goat Unit 3-9 Tieton River: Permit Area: Yakima County within the following described boundary: Beginning at White Pass and Pacific Crest Trail; then south to the Yakima Indian Reservation Boundary; then east to USFS Jeep Trail 1137; then west to USFS Road 1070-578 Spur; then west to Road 1000; then north to USFS Road 12; then north to State Highway 12; then west on State Highway 12 to point of beginning.

Goat Unit 3-10 Blazed Ridge: Permit Area: Kittitas and Yakima counties within the following described boundary: Beginning at the mouth of Cabin Creek on the Yakima River; then west along Cabin Creek to the headwaters near Snowshoe Butte; then south along the Cascade Crest separating the Green and Yakima river drainage to Pyramid Peak; then southeast along the North Fork, Little Naches, and Naches River to the Yakima River; then north along the Yakima River to the mouth of Cabin Creek and point of beginning.

Goat Unit 3-11 Kachess Ridge: Permit Area: Kittitas County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the mouth of the Kachess River on the Yakima River; then north along the Kachess River and Kachess Lake to USFS Road 4600; then east on USFS Road 4600 to the Cle Elum River; then south along the Cle Elum River and Lake Cle Elum to the Yakima River; then northwest along the Yakima River to the mouth of the Kachess River and point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-1 Ruth Creek Area: Permit Area: Whatcom County within the Mt. Baker Wilderness of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest north of the North Fork Nooksack River.

Goat Unit 4-3 Chowder Ridge: Permit Area: Whatcom County within the following described boundary: Beginning where Wells Creek intersects the North Fork Nooksack River; then up Wells Creek to Bar Creek; then southwest up Bar Creek to the Mazama Glacier; then continue southwest up Mazama Glacier to the summit of Mt. Baker; then northwest between Roosevelt Glacier and Coleman Glacier to Kulshan Cabin and the headwaters of Kulshan Creek and Grouse Creek to Smith Creek; then north down Smith Creek to Glacier Creek; continue north down Glacier Creek to the North Fork Nooksack River; then east along the North Fork Nooksack River to Wells Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-4 Lincoln Peak: Permit Area: Whatcom County within the following described boundary: Beginning where Glacier Creek intersects with the Mt. Baker Highway (State Highway 547); then south up Glacier Creek to Smith Creek; then south up Smith Creek to Grouse Creek; then continue up Grouse Creek in a south direction to Kulshan Creek; then southeast up Kulshan Creek to Kulshan Cabin; then continue southeast between Roosevelt Glacier and Coleman Glacier to the summit of Mt. Baker; then south down Eastern Glacier to Baker Pass and the Baker Pass Trail 603 (5,000 ft.); then west along Baker Pass Trail 603 to the Ridley Creek Trail (690); then northwest on the Ridley Creek Trail to Ridley Creek; then down Ridley Creek to the Middle Fork Nooksack River; then west down the Middle Fork Nooksack River to the Mosquito Lake Road; then north on the Mosquito Lake Road to the Mt. Baker Highway (State Highway 542); then north and east on Mt. Baker Highway (State Highway 542) to Glacier Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-6 Dillard Creek: Permit Area: Whatcom County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the intersection of USFS Road 3725 and the Baker Lake Road (USFS Road 394); then west along USFS Road 3725 to Sulphur Creek; then northwest up Sulphur Creek to the Baker Pass Trail (603) to Baker Pass (5,000 ft. elevation); then northeast up Eastern Glacier to the summit of Mt. Baker; then southeast down Park Glacier to the headwaters of Park Creek; then continue southeast down Park Creek to the Baker Lake Road (USFS Road 394); then south along the Baker Lake Road (USFS Road 394) to USFS Road 3725 and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-7 Avalanche Gorge: Permit Area: Whatcom County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the intersection of the Baker Lake Road (USFS Road 394) and Park Creek; then northwest up Park Creek to Park Glacier; then continue northwest up Park Glacier to the summit of Mt. Baker; then northeast down Mazama Glacier to the 6,500 ft. elevation; then east to the Portals; then continue east along the ridge line to Coleman Pinnacle; then northeast along the Camp Kiser Trail 683 (Ptarmigan Ridge) to the extreme southeast extension of Kulshan Ridge; then due east to the Lake Ann Trail 600; then east along the Lake Ann Trail 600 to the boundary of North Cascades National Park; then south and east along the park boundary to the Baker River and down the Baker River to the Baker Lake Road (USFS Road 394); then west along the Baker Lake Road (USFS Road 394) to Park Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-8 East Ross Lake: Permit Area: Whatcom County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the point the U.S.-Canada boundary meets the east boundary of North Cascades National Park; then south along the park boundary to Stetattle Creek; then south down Stetattle Creek to Gorge Lake; then southwest along Gorge Lake to State Highway 20; then east and north along State Highway 20 to Ross Dam; then north along the east shoreline of Ross Lake (Note: Exclude Ruby Arm) to Devil's Creek; then east up Devil's Creek to a tributary extending south to ridge line between Jerry Lakes and a pinnacle of Jack Mountain (7,292 ft. elevation); continue south over this ridge line into the Crater Creek Basin and Crater Creek; then down Crater Creek to its confluence with Ruby Creek; then east up Ruby Creek to Granite Creek; then continue east up Granite to the Cascades Summit; then north along the Cascades Summit to the U.S.-Canada boundary; then west along the Canadian line to the east boundary of North Cascades National Park and the point of beginning. (Notice: Jack Mountain not included in Goat Unit 4-8, East Ross Lake. See description for Goat Unit 4-9, Jack Mountain.)

Goat Unit 4-9 Jack Mountain: Permit Area: Whatcom County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the confluence of Ruby Creek and Crater Creek; then north up Crater Creek to the ridge line between Jerry Lakes and a pinnacle of Jack Mountain (7,292 ft. elevation); continue due north to Devil's Creek; then west down Devil's Creek to Ross Lake; then south along the east shoreline of Ross Lake to Ruby Arm; then easterly up Ruby Arm and Ruby Creek to the confluence of Crater Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-10 Majestic Mountain: Permit Area: Whatcom and Skagit counties within the following described boundary: Beginning at the intersection of Pyramid Creek and State Highway 20; then south up Pyramid Creek to the North Cascades National Park Boundary; then east along the park boundary to the Cascades Summit; then north along the Cascades Summit to Granite Creek; then west down Granite Creek to Ruby Creek and Ruby Arm; then continue west along Ruby Arm to Ross Lake and Ross Dam; then southwest from Ross Dam to State Highway 20; then southwest and northwest along State Highway 20 to Pyramid Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-12 Mt. Tommy Thompson: Permit Area: Skagit County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the confluence of Illabot Creek on the Skagit River; then east up Illabot Creek to its headwaters; then continue east over the ridge line to the northernmost extension of Buck Creek; then north over the ridge line at 6,921 foot elevation to the southernmost extension of Muchler Creek; then northeast down Muchler Creek to Kindy Creek; then north down Kindy Creek to the Cascade River; then north and west down the Cascade River to the Skagit River; then west down the Skagit River to Illabot Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-14 Mt. Buckindy: Permit Area: Skagit and Snohomish counties within the following described boundary: Beginning at the confluence of Buck Creek on the Suiattle River; then east up the Suiattle River to Sulphur Creek; then continue east up Sulphur Creek to Dome Creek; then north to Sinister Mountain and the Cascades Summit; then north along the Cascades Summit to Mt. Formidable; continue north into the headwaters at the Middle Fork Cascade River; then west down the Middle Fork Cascade River to the main Cascade River; continue west along the Cascade River to Kindy Creek; then south up Kindy Creek to Muchler Creek; then southwest up Muchler Creek to its southernmost extension; then continue southwest over the ridgetop at 6,921 foot elevation to the northernmost extension of Buck Creek; then continue southwest down Buck Creek to the Suiattle River and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-16 Glacier Peak: Permit Area: Snohomish County within the following described boundary: Beginning at Tenpeak Mountain on the Cascades Crest; then northeast to three lakes (approximately 1.75 miles northeast of Tenpeak Mountain); then north and west down the Suiattle River to Mill Creek; then up the Mill Creek Trail (790) and the Pacific Crest Trail (2000) to Mica Lake, Fire Creek Pass, and Glacier Creek; continuing down Glacier Creek to the White Chuck River; then up the White Chuck River to White Mountain at the Cascade Crest; then northeast along Cascade Crest to Tenpeak Mountain and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-18 Sauk River: Permit Area: Snohomish County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the confluence of the Whitechuck River and Pugh Creek; then south up Pugh Creek to Round Lake; then south to USFS Trail 646; then west and south down this trail to the North Fork Sauk River; then east up said river to Sloan Creek; then up Sloan Creek to June Mountain; then due south to USFS Trail 1051; then east along said trail to the Pacific Crest Trail (2000); then north along the Pacific Crest Trail past White Mountain; then down the Whitechuck River to the confluence with Pugh Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-21 Liberty Mountain: Permit Area: Snohomish County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the Boulder River bridge on the Darrington-Arlington Highway (State Highway 530) to the town of Darrington; then south along the Darrington-Clear Creek Road (USFS Road 20) to the bridge over Clear Creek; then south up Clear Creek to the confluence with Helena Creek and southeast up Helena Creek to Windom Lake; then southeast over an unnamed ridge to Independence Lake and down USFS Trail 712 to intersection with USFS Road 4060; then south down said road to the South Fork Stillaguamish River; then west down said river to Canyon Creek; then northeast up Canyon Creek, North Fork Canyon Creek and Meadow Creek to Tupso Creek; then east up Tupso Creek to its easternmost point; then continue northeast to Boulder River; then north down Boulder River to the bridge on State Highway 530 and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-23 Twin Peaks: Permit Area: Snohomish County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the intersection of Falls Creek and the Mt. Loop Highway (USFS Road 322); then west up Falls Creek and along USFS Trail 645 to USFS Road 4060; then south down said road to the Mountain Loop Highway (Forest Road 20); then east and north on said highway to Falls Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-24 Sloan Peak: Permit Area: Snohomish County with the following described boundary: Beginning at the confluence of the South Fork and the North Fork of the Sauk River; then east up to the North Fork Sauk River to Sloan Creek; then south and southeast up Sloan Creek to June Mountain; then due south to USFS Trail 1051; then southwest along said trail to USFS Road 63; then continue southwest on said road to Silver Creek; then north up Silver Creek to Silver Lake; then north on USFS Trail 708 to Glacier Creek; then west along said creek to the South Fork Sauk River; then north down the South Fork Sauk River to the confluence of the North Fork Sauk River and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-25 Vesper Peak: Permit Area: Snohomish County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the Mountain Loop Highway bridge over Bear Creek (approximately three miles east of Verlot); then east up said highway to USFS Trail 707; then southwest on said trail (between Sperry Peak and Morning Star Peak) to the Sultan River; then west down said river and Spada Lake to Culmback Dam; then north up unnamed creek to the Pilchuck-Sultan divide; then northwest along said divide to Ritz Creek; then northeast down Ritz Creek to the Pilchuck River; then northwest down said river to Wilson Creek; then northwest up Wilson Creek to Ashland Lakes on the Pilchuck-Stillaguamish divide; then north down Black Creek and Bear Creek drainage to the Mountain Loop Highway bridge over Bear Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-30 Tolt River: Permit Area: King and Snohomish counties within the following described boundary: Beginning at the point the Tolt River intersects the Weyerhaeuser Mainline Truck Road (approximately one mile west of the Tolt River South Fork Reservoir); then north along said road to the junction with State Highway 2; then east along said highway to the junction with the South Fork Skykomish River; then east and south up said river to the confluence of Money Creek; then west up Money Creek to Lake Elizabeth; then west to the headwaters of the South Fork Tolt River near Lake Elizabeth; then west down the South Fork Tolt River to the point of beginning. Except closed: All of the Mount Index and Mount Persis as follows: Beginning at confluence of South Fork Skykomish River and Index Creek; then west up said creek and its northern fork to Ink Lake; then west up the ridge to the 4,915 elevation point; then southwest down the ridge (approximately one and one-half miles) to the confluence of Titacaed Creek and the North Fork Tolt River; then west along said river to the Weyerhaeuser Mainline Truck Road; then north along said road to State Highway 2; then east along said highway to where it intersects the South Fork Skykomish River; then east along said river to the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-32 Foss River: Permit Area: King and Snohomish counties within the following described boundary: Beginning at intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and the King County line at Stevens Pass; then south along the King County line to the headwaters of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River near Dutch Miller Gap; then west and south down said river to the confluence with the Dingford Creek; then north and east up said creek to its headwaters intersection with USFS Trail 1005; then north up said trail to Little Myrtle Lake; then west and north to Marlene Lake (approximately 4 miles); then north down the stream outlet from Marlene Lake to the junction with USFS Trail 1002 near Dorothy Lake; then north along said trail to the junction with the East Fork Miller River headwaters; then north down said river to the confluence with the South Fork Skykomish River; then east up said river to the junction with U.S. Highway 2; then east along said highway to the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 4-34 Pratt River: Permit Area: King County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the point where the Weyerhaeuser Mainline Truck Road intersects the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River (near the confluence of the North Fork and Snoqualmie Rivers); then northeast up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie to its headwaters near Dutch Miller Gap at the King County line; then south along the King County line to Snoqualmie Pass and the intersection with Interstate 90; then west along Interstate 90 to the point nearest the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River (approximately one mile east of North Bend); then north and east up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and to the point of beginning. Except closed: Snoqualmie Mountain and the watersheds of Denny Creek and South Fork of the Snoqualmie above Denny Creek.

Goat Unit 4-38 Corral Pass: Permit Area: Pierce County within the following described boundary: Beginning where Goat Creek intersects the Corral Pass Road; then southeast up Goat Creek to the Cascade Crest; then north along the Crest to USFS Trail 1188; then northwest along said trail to USFS Trail 1176; then north along said trail to Corral Pass; then west along Corral Pass Road to its intersection with Goat Creek and the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 5-2 Tatoosh: Permit Area: Lewis County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the junction of the southern Mount Rainier National Park Boundary and State Highway 123; then south along State Highway 123 to U.S. Highway 12; then southwest along said highway to Skate Creek Road (USFS Road 52); then northwest along said road to the junction of Morse Creek Road (old road to Longmire Campground); then north along said road to the Mount Rainier National Park Boundary; then east along the southern park boundary to the point of beginning.

Goat Unit 5-3 Smith Creek: Permit area: Lewis County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the Town of Randle; then east along U.S. Highway 12 to USFS Road 21; then southeast along USFS Road 21 to USFS Road 22; then northeast and northwest along USFS Road 22 to USFS Road 23; then east and northwest on USFS Road 23 to USFS Road 25; then north along USFS Road 25 to Randle and point of beginning.

Goat Unit 5-4 Goat Rocks: Permit Area: Lewis County south of the White Pass Highway (U.S. Highway 12) and east of the Johnson Creek Road (USFS Road 1302).

((Goat Unit 6-1 Elwha River: Permit Area: Clallam and Jefferson counties outside Olympic National Park and west of the Dungeness River.))

Goat Unit 6-2 Quilcene River: Permit Area: Clallam and Jefferson counties outside Olympic National Park, east of the Dungeness River and north of the Dosewallips River.

Goat Unit 6-3 Hamma Hamma River: Permit Area: Jefferson and Mason counties outside Olympic National Park and south of the Dosewallips River.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.010 and 77.12.040. 96-04-027, 232-28-02250, filed 2/1/96, effective 3/3/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 94-11-041 (Order 649), 232-28-02250, filed 5/10/94, effective 6/10/94.]

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