Our Club was formed in 1934 after the State Game Department was developed, at the end of County management of our fish and wildlife resources. Originally, the Club was located on Bullfrog Road, between Cle Elum and Roslyn, and had around 400 members. We are a members-only club at present but have plans for some public use, such as sight-in days prior to hunting seasons. We already have public use through Hunter Education classes, Easton Archery Club, public sight-in days, and range rentals.
In 2000 the Bullfrog Road site was closed as the property owned by Plum Creek Timber Company was sold to Trendwest Resorts. With financial help from Trendwest Resorts (now Suncadia) the club purchased 184 acres from the Ballard family on top of Hayward Hill, between Cle Elum and Ellensburg.
For the next 10 years, with many fewer active members, the Board of Directors worked on pursuing a zoning change and applying for a Conditional Use Permit. In 2014 the Kittitas County Hearings Examiner recommended that the permit be approved and the County Commissioners approved the permit to build a shooting range on the property.
In the mean-time a wind power company approached the club about building a wind farm in the area, with at least one windmill on our land. This would mean financial income for the club. During the construction work the wind farm agreed to do some work for our range, namely building a large berm and leveling off the rifle range area.
The next major step was a grant. Members worked out a power point show and presented it to the State Recreation and Conservation Office Committee in September 2014. In October we learned we were approved for a $48,000 grant to start building infrastructure. This grant will become effective in July 2015 and work parties will be organized. The plan is to build numerous covered shooting stations, pathways and parking areas, and at least two safety baffles on the rifle range.
Cascade Field & Stream Club hosts an annual fundraiser banquet on the last Saturday of February. The banquet location is the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum, Wa. There are live and silent auctions, raffles, a dinner served by the ladies of the Center, and a full bar.
In June the club hosts the annual Kids Fishing Derby at Lavender Lake just west of Cle Elum. This is in conjunction with the US Forest Service to celebrate National and State Free Fishing Weekend. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout from the Department of Fish & Wildlife for this exciting event. Prizes are for the first trout, largest three trout in each age class, and there are drawings for more prizes.
The Cascade Field & Stream Club supports other groups including Easton School Archery Program, and Hope Source, and we offer a $1000 scholarship for an Upper Kittitas County High School Senior.
As the range develops the club plans to host many shooting events, including skeet/ trap, rifle, pistol, and archery. We do have a certified Range Safety Officer who will officiate at any special events at the range. Our Hunter Education Certified Instructors already teach three classes for first-time hunters in June, July, and August each year. Keep an eye on the calendar for coming activities.