Rich in natural resources and rich in history, the 90,638 Cedar River watershed owned by the City of Seattle is a real jewel. Not only does it provide two thirds of the city's water supply and serve a total population of over 1.2 million people, it is a naturalist's dream - off limits to us all except for a few limited programs and tours held each year. Many of us have hiked the trail to the top of Rattlesnake Ledge and have seen the beautiful forestlands below and Chester Morse Lake created by the dam in the distance. Now you have an opportunity for a closer look. Following is a screenshot of the tours/programs now being offered on the city's website:
I've heard and read so much about the flooding of Moncton once caused by Masonry Dam and the historic mining, railroad and logging towns of Taylor, Cedar Falls, Barneston and Kerriston. Now we have an opportunity to see and learn from the experts. Participation is limited and a nominal fee applies. For example, the Watershed Tour is offered every Saturday and Sunday through September. Reservations will be needed and capacity is limited to only 30 people each day. The Family Watershed tour is specifically designed for the shorter attention span of youngsters. Naturalist adventures also await youngsters.
For those not familiar with the Cedar River watershed, the following map might help.
For more information about these programs and tours, follow this link to Cedar River Watershed Programs and Tours. I hope that you find the time to take advantage of this fun opportunity.