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.
Alsea River – A project to replace the boat ramp at Lindly Park is continuing to move forward. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife purchased the property on the Alsea River in 2013. “Since then conceptual plans and designs and have been completed in conjunction with the Oregon State Marine Board, and agreements have been completed with Lincoln County for long-term management of the property,” said John Spangler, District Fish Biologist for the Mid-Coast District. Construction likely will begin within the next two years.
North Willamette Watershed District – Coast Range
Willamette River – The City of West Linn is replacing its Cedaroak Boat Ramp in a construction project that began in August and is expected to be completed in October. Located on the west side of the Willamette River, the project will include a new ramp build-out, piles, infiltration swale, rail installation, and new parking lot and ramp subgrade, according to West Linn Parks & Recreation.
Scappoose Bay – A dredging project completed at Scappoose Bay Marine Park this spring is providing better safety for boaters and improved fishing access. The project removed nearly 40,000 cubic yards of fill around the boat ramp to prevent grounding of boats at low tide. It was paid for by the Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Port of St. Helens.
Woodburn Pond and St. Louis Ponds – “The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted aquatic weed removal at Woodburn Pond and three of the seven St. Louis Ponds near Gervais in May to improve angler access,” said Josie Thompson, Assistant District Fish Biologist. In addition, ODFW stocked 48 trophy-size largemouth bass evenly among the seven ponds this spring. “The bass came from Davis Lake on the borders of Deschutes and Klamath counties, well-known for its productive largemouth bass population,” Thompson said.