The Moss Lake Natural Area north of Carnation will close to recreational users from Sept 11 to 29 for culvert replacement work. (Courtesy image)

Access to Moss Lake Natural Area closes, Sept. 11 to 29, for culvert work

  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 7:30am
  • News

King County’s Moss Lake Natural Area, east of Lake Joy, will close to the public for more than two weeks starting Sept. 11, as crews remove a culvert along a small stream in advance of installing a replacement bridge there next year.

The culvert removal project will block access to the majority of the trail system that winds through the natural area, which features a rare sphagnum moss bog, forested wetlands, and other habitat features.

Heavy dump truck traffic should also be expected along the Moss Lake Natural Area’s access road, and the gate to the parking lot will remain closed for the duration of the project.

Crews will reestablish public access to the site as soon as the old culvert is removed. Workers will monitor water elevations throughout the winter and into early spring to determine the proper height for a permanent bridge structure.

The 372-acre Moss Lake Natural Area is located 5 miles southeast of Duvall and about 3-½ miles northeast of Carnation. It receives a modest amount of public use from hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.

More in News

After Seattle’s controversial employee head tax was repealed, King County Executive Dow Constantine wants to bond against existing tax revenues to generate $100 million for affordable housing. Photo by Joe Mabel/Wikipedia Commons
County executive proposes $100 million affordable housing bond

The money was already coming, but Constantine wants to speed up the process.

The Snoqualmie skate park will be located directly to the south of the existing basketball court and will offer sweeping views of nearby mountains. Aaron Kunkler/Staff photo
                                The Snoqualmie skate park will be located directly to the south of the existing basketball court and will offer sweeping views of nearby mountains. Aaron Kunkler/Staff photo
Snoqualmie skate park developer awarded contract by council

The council approved a public works contract with Gridline Skateparks to build the park.

Seattle and King County officials want a safe injection van

The mobile project—an alternative to permanent sites—still doesn’t have a defined timeline.

An autopsy found that Tommy Le was shot twice in the back during an fatal encounter with a King County sheriff’s deputy. Photo courtesy Career Link
New report calls for increased transparency from King County Sheriff’s Office

The fatal shooting of Tommy Le served as a case study for researchers.

North Bend Council member Pettersen resigns

Applications for vacant position now open.

A scene from the 2017 Women’s March Seattle. Photo by Richard Ha/Flickr
County sexual harassment policies could be overhauled

One King County councilmember says male-dominated departments have “workplace culture issues.”

Western Washington could see more wildfires this year

Lots of grass and warmer weather could make for worsening fire seasons.

Developed by Seattle & King County Public Health, the FLASH sex education high school curriculum is used by every district in the county. Photo courtesy King County
King County wins sex ed funding case

Officials are “ecstatic” that the court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to withhold research funds.

Valley volunteers help remove invasive plants from Stillwater Bog

The event was a partnership between the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA and the Green Snoqualmie Partnership.

Eastside groups discuss homelessness and affordable housing at community events

Five area service providers recently hosted a joint event to educate community members about the impacts of homelessness.

‘Businesses beware’

Misleading letter calls for annual registration renewals in attempts to fraud local businesses.

Some King County elected leaders want to spend $180 million on maintenance upkeep at Safeco Field in Seattle. Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr
King County leaders want to allocate $180 million to Safeco Field

But once councilmember thinks funding for affordable housing and the arts should come before subsidizing stadium maintenance.