Saturday, July 22, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions


How can I participate in or contribute to a QDNR project?

Contact the project manager or QDNR Grant Writer Janet Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Partnerships are welcomed. Project contributions are tax-deductible.

Can non-tribal members drive around, take pictures or hike on the Reservation?

Yes – with one exception: Everyone other than enrolled Quinault tribal members is prohibited from Reservation beaches unless accompanied by an enrolled Quinault tribal member.


Visitors should be aware that the Reservation’s interior roads are unpaved and unmarked. Rough road surfaces and heavy brush encroaching on the roadway are typical. Bridges may be crossed at your own risk. Cell phone service is spotty or non-existent so visitors should not rely on mobile apps for maps or communication.


Note that anyone other than enrolled Quinault tribal members may not remove plants, wood, rocks, shells or other materials from the Reservation for any reason. To protect QIN resources, tribal enforcement officers are authorized to stop vehicles and question visitors.

Can I pick plants on the Reservation for basketry, floral arrangements, food, medicine, propagation or research?

Only enrolled Quinault tribal members may remove plants or plant materials from the Reservation upon approval of a Cultural Harvesting permit.

Can I collect firewood on the Reservation?

Quinault tribal members and tribal employees may cut firewood (other than cedar) on the Reservation for personal use; a permit is required. All others are prohibited from cutting or transporting wood.

Can I use my cell phone on the Reservation?

U.S. Cellular provides service in the Reservation area. Signals from Verizon or AT&T are spotty to non-existent.

Can I get a cup of coffee in Taholah?

Yes. The Mercantile in Taholah offers groceries and supplies, a small café and gasoline.

Does the Quinault Indian Nation manage Lake Quinault?

The Quinault Indian Nation owns and manages the lakebed and waters of Lake Quinault to the high-water mark and, therefore, manages boating and fishing on the lake. The QIN does not manage Lake Quinault Lodge or the properties around the lake with the exception of several allotments on the west side where the Reservation adjoins the lake at the conjunction of the Quinault River.

Why is the QIN active in land and water management outside the Reservation?

The QIN participates in natural resource discussions outside the Reservation to protect their guaranteed right to fish in their Usual and Accustomed fishing areas. That right is meaningless if the habitat is not of sufficient quality to sustain harvestable levels of fish.

Where is the QIN “Usual and Accustomed” area?

The usual and accustomed fishing areas of the Quinault Indian Nation were confirmed by Judge Boldt in the original U.S. v. Washington case, 384 F. Supp. 312 (1974).  They include:  the “Clearwater, Queets, Salmon, Quinault (including Lake Quinault and the Upper Quinault tributaries), Raft, Moclips, and Copalis [Rivers] and Joe Creek.” They also include “Grays Harbor, and all those streams which empty into [it]” (the entire Chehalis River system, including all of its tributaries) as well as the salt waters “adjacent to their territory.”