[6/13/16] Log Boom Installed on Lake Chelan

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Chelan – On June 8 and 9, 2016, a log boom was installed at Railroad Creek, near Lucerne on Lake Chelan. The log boom was recommended by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) report as an action item following the 2015 Wolverine Fire. BAER is a federal program that identifies and addresses the need for post-wildfire rehabilitation of the landscape.


The objective of the floating log boom is to minimize potential boat navigation hazards by collecting and trapping woody debris. Logs and debris movement is a natural process after wildfires, especially in steep drainages with moderate and high burn severity, like Railroad Creek.


Part of the Wolverine burned area is located on steep slopes above and adjacent to Lake Chelan. There is potential for debris from the fire area to be delivered to Lake Chelan via Railroad Creek. 


The 1,200-foot log boom is made of durable, polyethylene floating sections, each approximately 10 feet long. The boom extends from the community dock at Lucerne downlake to just below Driftwood Bay at the Lake Chelan Boat Club.  The log boom will remain in place for up to 3 years.


The boom works by collecting and trapping floating debris within the boom. Once the boom is full the debris will be removed by an excavator on a barge and transported to the lakeshore near Prince Creek. Log booms have been placed in Lake Chelan in past years after wildfires.


“We understand the hazards that floating debris pose to boat navigation on Lake Chelan. While debris movement from streams to the lake is a natural and annual process, burned areas can produce high amounts of woody debris,” stated Chelan District Ranger Kari Grover Wier.


As a reminder, national forest land in the Lucerne and Domke Lake areas remains closed to the public due to post-fire hazards, this includes the trails to Domke Lake and the road to Holden Village. The area around Holden Village remains closed to the public due to mine remediation and post-fire hazards. 


For more information, call the Chelan Ranger District office at 509-682-4900 or click here for Railroad Creek/Domke Lake closure information.log jam 1 log jam 2