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Eastern Oregon Fishing Access Improvements

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other organizations throughout the state, continue to improve boating and angling in Oregon lakes, rivers and streams. Here are a few highlights of recent and ongoing improvements in the Eastern part of the state:

Deschutes Watershed District
Camp Sherman – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is creating a new pond in Camp Sherman at a former fish hatchery site. It will be a half-acre in size and stocked with rainbow trout, said STEP Biologist Jen Luke. Planned improvements include a parking lot, fencing and a restroom. The pond, which should open about spring 2018, will be designated as a fishing site for youths 17 and younger. It will be open from late May through Oct. 1 each year. ODFW will use the site in winter to acclimate young salmon.
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North Oregon Coast district infrastructure improvements

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other organizations throughout the state, continue to improve boating and angling in Oregon lakes, rivers and streams. Here are a few highlights of improvements in the Northwest part of the state in recent months:

North Coast Watershed District

Nehalem River – In May, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife completed a boat ramp improvement project at the Pittsburg Boat Launch located on the upper Nehalem River north of Vernonia. “A contractor excavated accumulated silt and added gravel on the ramp down to the launch, making the ramp much more accessible for boaters who fish for cutthroat trout and winter steelhead,” said Robert Bradley, district fish biologist. Continue Reading →

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Southwest Oregon Access Projects

Howard Prairie reservoir - southwest oregonThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other organizations throughout the state, continue to improve boating and angling in Oregon lakes, rivers and streams. Here are a few highlights of improvements in the Southwest part of the state in recent months:

South Coast Fish District

Garrison Lake – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has designated this lake as a trophy rainbow trout fishery, said District Fish Biologist Todd Confer. In Spring 2016, staff stocked the lake with 1,000 trout that were 2 pounds or larger in size, about six times larger than the typical fish stocked in that area. They will add another 1,300 trophy trout next spring.

Sixes River – In August, nonprofit Curry Citizens for Public Land Access improved the ODFW Mid-Drift Angling Access on the Sixes River. They cleared brush, and graded both the parking area and the access area onto the gravel bar. This will improve access for launching and landing drift boats during the fall Chinook salmon and winter steelhead fishing seasons. Continue Reading →

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Whetstone Pond: Improved access for all

Whetstone PondLocated in the Denman Wildlife Area, Whetstone Pond provides access to fishing in a rural setting close to Medford. It is the only ADA accessible site in the Rogue Valley where anglers can fish for warm water species.

This project increased accessibility for everyone to fish and view wildlife. It also maintained the existing trail system. Previous fishing access was often crowded, so this project opened up more bank access for anglers.

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Morgan Creek STEP Hatchery officially dedicated

morgan creekUnder construction since 2006, Morgan Creek STEP Hatchery was officially dedicated on November 3 before a crowd of over eighty-five volunteers and local dignitaries. Because of the vision of STEP biologist Tom Rumreich, Morgan Creek became a reality through a unique combination of extensive local grant funding, a very active regional STEP group, the local community’s dedication to the project, and Rumreich’s passionate leadership.

A Coos County mainstay for over 33 years, Morgan Creek Hatchery has evolved into a world-class multi-generational facility that positively impacts the region’s environment and economy, while bringing a unique educational experience to hundreds of children annually. Continue Reading →

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