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Weekly Recreation Report: Willamette Zone

September 20, 2017

 Willamette Zone Fishing

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • The first coho are showing up in the Willamette system, and a good place to catch them early in the season is near the mouth of the Clackamas River.
  • Spring Chinook and summer steelhead are still available in the Sandy River but in dwindling numbers. Coho should be showing up soon.
  • Trout will be released this week in the following Willamette Valley locations: Algon Baker Canal, Detroit Reservoir, Foster Reservoir, Hills Creek Reservoir, North Fork Reservoir, Small Fry Lake.
  • Spring Chinook are still available in the Santiam River system but the season closes at the end of the month so the fish can spawn unmolested. A few springers could also be holed up in the Molalla, below Trout Creek.
  • There is still time for a trip to the high mountain lakes, many of which are stocked with rainbow, cutthroat or eastern brook trout. Don’t wait too long, though, as it won’t be long until the snow flies.

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Updated 2017 Trout Stocking Schedules

High Lakes stocking

ODFW takes very small fish to Oregon’s high lakes by helicopter, mule and river boats. Take a look at where these fish were released in the past and where you might even encounter some of them on your next backpacking trek. It typically takes only a year after stocking for fish to reach catchable size.

Check out our interactive trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on our Google-based stocking map. Click on the fish icons to bring up all the pertinent information about the state’s trout fishing locations.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

Stocked the week of Aug. 28 with 865 rainbow trout, including 150 larger trout.

The canoe canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its two-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. The canal is open to fishing all year.

BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Stocked in the spring with 4,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84; the park is located on the south side of the freeway about 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

Blue Lake
Blue Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

BETHANY POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead

Stocked in the spring with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.

BLUE LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill

Stocked in the spring with 1,500 trout. Try fishing from the docks or along the bank near the boat ramp. From October to April private boats are also allowed if under 14 ft. with motors of less than 3.0 horsepower.

This 64-acre lake is located in Blue Lake Regional Park three miles west of Troutdale. Amenities include picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Metro. The cost to enter is $5/car and there is ample parking once inside the park. The park is open from 8 a.m. until legal sunset. For further information call 503-661-6087.

BLUE RIVER: trout

Upstream of Blue River Reservoir was stocked the week of June 26 with 750 hatchery trout, including 150 larger trout. Two wild trout may be harvested per day above Blue River Reservoir only. Otherwise, anglers may keep five hatchery trout per day. Anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Stocked in June with 2,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout including 100 larger trout. Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The boat ramps are not accessible at current reservoir elevations.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

This river flows through mostly U.S. Forest Service land into Detroit Lake and is open year-round (however salmon fishing is prohibited). During the summer it is stocked fairly regularly with hatchery trout. It was stocked for the last time last week with 1,800 legal-size hatchery trout. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day.

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

Stocked in the spring with 800 rainbow trout. Canby Pond is a one-acre pond located on the south end of Canby, in Canby City Park. This pond is open only to youth 17 years old and under, as well as persons who possess ODFW's Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permits.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year, and was stocked the week of July 10 with 3,431 hatchery trout of various sizes. In Clear Lake, you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card as part of ODFW’s tag reward program. Clear Lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Linn County’s Clear Lake Resort rents cabins and boats.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Clackamas River anglers can finally rejoice in significant rainfall that has improved flows and allowed some coho to move up into the system. Fishing effort has seen an immediate bump in the past few days, with decent catches of coho found down in the lower river just above the Hwy 99E Bridge in Gladstone. It’s also probably safe to assume that as the rain continues most of the week that coho will make it further up into the river. Given that it’s now approaching late September the spring Chinook fishing is on the tail end of its season, while there should still be a few decent summer steelhead found.

Good bank access for can be found in many locations along the river from Gladstone, Cross Park, Riverside Park, along Clackamas River Road, Carver, Barton, and McIver parks. Clackamas River Drive closely follows the river below Carver Park, but be sure to not trespass on private property. If you have a drift boat, you can put in at Riverside Park, Carver Park, Barton Park, Feldheimer’s off Springwater Road, and at both lower and upper McIver Park ramps.

USGS hydrological data for Sept. 18 shows river flows at 1,130 cfs, with a gauge reading of 11.14 feet and the water temperature down some at 58°. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year, and will be stocked with 3,431 hatchery trout of various sizes. In Clear Lake, you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card as part of ODFW’s tag reward program. Clear Lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Linn County’s Clear Lake Resort rents cabins and boats.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River was stocked the week of June 12 with 1,100 hatchery trout, and is open to fishing all year. Bait use is allowed Apr. 22- Oct. 31, but as of Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. In addition to five hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily.
Commonwealth Lake
Commonwealth Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked in May with 1,000 hatchery trout. This is a three-acre stocked lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon. Commonwealth Park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground, and restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND (ROW RIVER NATURE PARK POND): trout, warmwater species

Stocked in the spring with 1,900 trout. Cottage Grove Ponds are open to year-round fishing and are accessed via an asphalt pathway behind the truck scales on Row River Road. The pond was stocked with a total of 3,250 legal-size hatchery trout the past two weeks. In addition to fishing, these ponds also offer wildlife viewing opportunities. A fishing dock is available on-site.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Stocked in the spring with 4,250 legal-size hatchery trout. From this release, 200 fish were marked with floy tags as part of the ODFW’s tag reward program, including 20 tags that can be redeemed for a $50 gift card. Cottage Grove Reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to fishing all year.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

The reservoir is slowly being drawn down to provide winter storage capacity. At the moment it is about 17 feet below full pool with most boat ramps still in the water. Best bet is to use Mongold boat ramp. The reservoir was stocked mid-July with 4,500 hatchery rainbow trout. Anglers report good catches of both trout and kokanee in the 12 to 14 inch range.

NOTICE: Anglers are encouraged to report their catch on forms available at signs and kiosks which are being installed at key locations around the lake. Simply fill out the form and return in the designated drop boxes. There is also an on-line form.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked in the spring with 2,800 legal-size rainbow trout. Dexter Reservoir is a location where ODFW released tag reward fish, so you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card. Dexter Reservoir near Lowell is visible from Hwy. 58. Boat and bank access is available from state and county parks. Parking and bank access are also available from the causeway near Lowell. Largemouth bass and some smallmouth are also available to anglers in this reservoir.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Stocked in the spring with 6,000 legal-size rainbow trout. Dorena Reservoir is a location where ODFW released tag reward fish, so you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card.

Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. It was also stocked the week of March 27 with 6,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

DORMAN POND - trout

Stocked in May with 1,000 legal-size hatchery trout. This is an 8-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6

EAGLE CREEK: coho

The long-awaited rain has helped improve flows on Eagle Creek, enough to allow some fresh coho to swim in once they make their way up the Clackamas River. Anglers have been picking up a few coho in the lower Clackamas since late last week, and since a majority of these fish are headed to Eagle Creek it’s just a matter of time before that fishery gets going. The first spot to try is in the Bonnie Lure Park area, from there you can find limited access near the Hwy. 224 Bridge. Since much of the creek bank lies on private property the next good access will be along Eagle Fern Road around the lower fish ladder up to and through Eagle Fern Park.

Keep in mind that long stretches of Eagle Creek do indeed run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down near Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole. See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”

EE WILSON POND: warmwater species, trout

NOTICE: The pond is now dry and is no longer fishable. A good fishing alternative is Adair Pond just 2-3 miles to the south off of Hwy 99W in Adair Village. Follow the signs to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office. The pond is 200 yards past the parking lot. Adair Pond offers good bass and panfish angling, as well as a few channel catfish.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout, steelhead

Stocked again this week with another 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake was also stocked last week with 3,000 trout. This lake was stocked several times earlier in this fishing season.

Faraday Lake
Faraday Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

FALL CREEK: trout

Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was stocked the week of June 19 with 1,750 hatchery trout including 250 larger trout. Open all year for trout. Bait use is allowed Apr 22- Oct 31, but as of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Below Fall Creek Dam the creek is open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead greater than 24-inches. Five hatchery trout and an additional two wild trout may be harvested daily in the river.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked again this week with another 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake was also stocked last week with 2,500 trout.

This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant. No boats, walk-in only.

FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead

This 9,000-acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.

There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. Reservoir is pretty much filled up and the boat ramps at Orchard Point, Perkins, and Richardson Park are currently available.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

Foster Reservoir will be stocked this week with 5,000 rainbow trout. Another 5,000 are scheduled to be released in this waterbody next week as well. This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. At the moment, all boat ramps including Calkins Park are available to launch boats.

Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch near underwater structure and drop-offs. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept as part of the trout bag limit, but there are no limits on size or number of bass. Retention of warmwater fish species such as bluegill, catfish, crappie, and yellow perch is also allowed; no limit on size or number. This reservoir receives hatchery trout in the spring and fall.

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: trout, bass bluegill crappie

This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake.

Fishing in the spring for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish can be very good, especially early and late in the day. It was stocked in May with 900 hatchery rainbow trout.

GOLD LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Gold Lake is a 100-acre lake located north of the Willamette Pass summit off Hwy. 58 approximately 23 miles southeast of Oakridge. Gold Lake has special fishing regulations in place which include no retention of rainbow trout, no limit on brook trout, no motorboats, fly-fishing only (has to be a fly rod, no spinning rigs) and barbless hooks. Fishing is currently good for both rainbow and brook trout in the lake. The lake re-opens to anglers each year around May 22.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

Trout as well as bass are good options for anglers this time of year. Look for them near ledges and drop-offs as well as near underwater structure. Anglers report good success with kokanee below 40 feet. Reservoir water levels are in very good shape for this time of year. Currently the reservoir is 41 feet below full pool. Thistle Creek boat ramp is available, but Whitcomb boat ramp is closed for the year.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of April 24 with 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a stocked two-acre pond on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area that offers good bank access. This site is ideal for kids. A parking permit is required while on the wildlife area. Permits are available from all ODFW license vendors.

HARTMAN POND: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge, with easy access for non-boating anglers just off Interstate 84. It was stocked with legal- and trophy-size trout in the spring and also supports year-round populations of crappie, bass and catfish. It will be stocked again this week with 1,250 legal-size rainbow trout. From I-84, take the Benson State Park exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

Harriet Lake
Harriet Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked on Aug. 28 with 2,000 eight-inch trout and 667 trophies, weighing two pounds or more apiece. Get in and get them soon because Harriet is scheduled to close to public access from Sept. 11 through mid-October for campground and parking upgrades.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout

Stocked several times in the spring.

Hagg Lake, located near Forest Grove, is one of Oregon’s premier warmwater fishing locations, with populations of record-class largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, and bullhead. It also supports a resident population of native cutthroat trout and is frequently stocked with hatchery trout.

The lake is now open year-round and is stocked regularly throughout the spring and fall. This is a 1,110-acre lake waterbody located seven miles southwest of Forest Grove.

Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES: trout (rainbow, brook, cutthroat)

Fire danger is extreme this time of year, so check ahead for conditions before venturing into the woods for restrictions and safety advisories.

There are several mountain lakes available in the area for day use or overnight camping that require only a short hike to reach. Many are easy day hikes, perfect for packing in a lunch and doing some fishing then heading home in early evening. Others require a bit more planning and prep as the distance and terrain dictates so a good topographical map should be considered. When hiking into any of the high lakes be prepared for the unexpected from weather, to mosquitos, to accidents. And please pack out what you pack in!

Although the high lakes season is at its peak right now there’s still a good chance of encountering snow or ice at higher elevations. The cold winter and considerable snowpack has left a few spots inaccessible or at the very least with areas of remnant snow on roads, trails and around lakes. Hikers may also encounter a few trails with downed trees or boulders across them as a result of the heavy snowfall this past winter. It’s best to contact the U.S. Forest Service for up-to-date information if you’re considering a venture into areas you’re unsure of.

Some of these high lakes get very little use, and anglers will often find the solitude incredible. If you plan to camp keep in mind that overnight temperatures at the higher elevations can be quite chilly, even in mid-summer. And with the wildfire season now in full swing you should check on restrictions regarding open campfires.

Maps should be available from the local U.S. Forest Service office. Lists of stocked Willamette basin high cascade lakes are available on-line – see Willamette Zone, North and South Willamette High Lakes.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

Was stocked the week of May 1 with 3,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout. This reservoir is located about four miles southeast of Oakridge and is open to year round fishing. It is stocked with 60,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings and 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon fingerlings annually to provide a harvest fishery the following year.

Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked recently with 1,350 trout, including 50 trophies weighing two pounds or more. This is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, this venue has "kid-friendly" edges, is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

Junction City Pond was stocked in early June with 1,000 legal-size hatchery trout. Holdover trout may still be found in the deepest parts of the pond, and there are crappie and other pan-fish available as well. Best times to fish are early and late in the day.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Aug. 28 withy 1,400 hatchery trout. Leaburg Lake is open to fishing all year. Bait use is allowed Apr. 22- Oct. 31, but as of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released. Only hatchery fish may be kept. Leaburg Dam closures have ended and the dam should be open as usual.

steelhead
Summer Steelhead on the Mckenzie
-Photo by Brandon Nash-

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leburg Lake: trout salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake will be stocked this week with 2,750 hatchery trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. As of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.

The lower McKenzie River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

Leaburg Dam closures have ended and the dam should be open as usual.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake was stocked recently with 1,250 hatchery trout from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Landing. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. As of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout, salmon, steelhead

The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only. Reminder: Restrictions from Dexter Dam to appoximately 700 ft downstream to the markers: No angling from the north shore, from a floating device, or while wading (pg 44 in regulations). This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the Middle Fork Willamette below Dexter Dam.

The Middle Fork Willamette above Lookout Point and Hills Creek reservoirs is open to fishing using lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released upstream of Lookout Point Reservoir. The Middle Fork Willamette River is not stocked with hatchery trout.

MOLALLA RIVER: spring Chinook

The Molalla River saw a slight jump in flows early this week and some additional rainfall will improve fishing conditions on the river. There have been reliable reports that some late season springers are holding up in the area below Trout Creek; these fish are surely returning adults from the annual 100,000 smolt acclimation pond releases of two or three years ago. At this late date the quality of any spring Chinook caught will be marginal at best as spawning season approaches.

The Willamette Falls spring Chinook passage began improving considerably in late May, then showed some steady numbers through early July but as of Aug. 15 springer counts have ended for the 2017 season. However, with the surprising spring Chinook passage counts there are certainly a number of these fish headed back to the Molalla River as acclimation pond returns. Through the final count date of Aug. 15 the number of springers passing upstream at the falls in Oregon City stood at 34,186 adults and 2,442 jacks, while the winter steelhead counts ended May 31 at a very low 822 total.

USGS hydrological data for Sept. 18 has river flows at 54 cfs and a gauge reading of 9.51 feet. All of the readings come from the Canby gauge.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Mt. Hood Pond will not be stocked this week as scheduled due to elevated water temperatures. Mt. Hood Pond is located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, at 26000 SE Stark St.

Fishing at this location is restricted to youths age 17 and under and Disabled Angler licensees from April 1 - Aug. 31.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, salmon

Stocked again this week with 5,100 eight-inch trout. The reservoir was also stocked previously this season with more than 20,000 trout.

This is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore. This reservoir has two boat ramps, boat moorage, 50 campsites, picnic areas, boat rentals, grocery story, fueling station, and ADA-accessible fishing platforms.
Olallie Lake
Olallie Lake
-Photo by ODFW-

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocked in mid-July with 125 trophy trout and 2,800 legal-sized rainbows. It was stocked the previous two weeks with 6,800 trout, and some of those fish should still be available.

This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest it is a popular summer recreational destination for people from Portland and Salem, Ore. There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort.

There is a boat ramp at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping is also available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground. Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail.

PROGRESS LAKE – rainbow trout, brown bullhead

Stocked in May with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

Hatchery trout are stocked in late spring and summer. In winter and early spring there are resident trout and very few anglers. It was last stocked in late June with 2,000 hatchery trout. Stream flows continue to drop and are in excellent shape for fishing, currently around 95 cfs (conditions best for fishing are below 300 cfs). Anglers may keep up to five trout per day all year.

SALISH POND: trout, warm water species

West Salish Pond was stocked in May with 500 hatchery trout as efforts get underway to bring the pond back into the regular ODFW stocking rotation. Most local anglers know it’s been quite some time since the pond was stocked with hatchery trout and both The City of Fairview and ODFW are very happy to bring trout fishing back to West Salish Pond.

Parking is available at the school after 5 p.m. weekdays and all weekend. Parking is no longer available adjacent to the pond along Glisan St. Informational signs regarding use of the area have been posted by the City of Fairview around the pond’s shoreline.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek near Oakridge will be stocked this week with 850 hatchery trout, including 150 larger trout. Salmon Creek is open to fishing all year. Bait is allowed Apr. 22 – Oct .31, but as of Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Trout are released at multiple locations upstream to Black Creek. Two wild trout per day, 8-inch minimum length, may be kept in addition to five hatchery trout.

SALMONBERRY LAKE: trout, sunfish

Stocked with trout in the early spring. Salmonberry Lake is owned by the city of St. Helens and is about three acres in size. It is a former municipal water supply secluded in the woods off of Pittsburgh Road. The road to the pond is gated and anglers must walk about 1/3 mile to access this pond.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is an unstocked tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. Salt Creek and its tributaries are open to angling all year. As of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Two wild trout may be kept per day, 8-inch minimum length.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook, coho

After a summer of extremely low water the Sandy River saw a good jump up in flows thanks to this rainy week, offering much better opportunity for salmon and steelhead anglers who’ve been dealing with the very low water. Unfortunately the river is a bit muddy but conditions should improve once the heavy rains subside later this week. It’s getting late into the season for those in pursuit of summer steelhead or spring Chinook, but there should be a few decent fish still to be found. Meanwhile once the water settles down the lower Sandy will certainly be putting out some fresh coho as the run just gets going in early fall and these salmon make the right turn from the Columbia on their way up to Sandy Hatchery.

The ODFW broodstock collection trap on the Bull Run River has continued to catch fair numbers of springers on a daily basis, going back to July, as these fish return from acclimation releases done two or three years ago. As a result the Sandy River around Dodge Park has been putting out a few late Chinook, and anglers fishing the Garbage Hole and the Pipeline have been finding some success as well. This late into the season expect to find that these fish will be turning dark and their quality deteriorating, but there’s still the chance for few nice springers to be landed.

Anglers can find bank access to the Sandy River in several areas from Troutdale up to Brightwood. Lewis and Clark Park, Dabney Park, Oxbow Park, and Dodge Park all offer good spots for bank fishing as well as having boat ramps if you have a driftboat or sled.

USGS hydrological data for Sept. 18 shows the Sandy flows up nicely at 775 cfs, with a gauge reading of 8.41 feet and the water temperature down considerably at 52°F.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

North Santiam
North Santiam
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

As of Sept. 19, flows are around 2,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs.

The river is now closed to angling for Chinook salmon, but anglers may still target hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout. In addition there will be small numbers of wild coho returning over the next few months. While out on the rive,r please take care to avoid harassing spawning adult Chinook or walking through their egg deposits called “redds” that the adult fish have constructed, usually found at the tail-outs of pools.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred fishing method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to hatchery steelhead.

As of May 22, the river has reopened for the harvest of hatchery trout. All wild trout must be released.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

This section of the river is open year-round for trout. It was stocked the last time in late July with 3,000 legal-size hatchery trout. The river is running clear and is in great shape. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

SANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, bass

Extra water is being released out of Green Peter Reservoir so that Chinook have access to more spawning habitat. Flows in the river at Waterloo are currently around 1,670 cfs. Fishing for Chinook is now closed until October 15 in order to protect spawning adults. If you see spawning fish, please keep your distance in order not to disturb them. The river is still open for hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout. Anglers may also target wild coho salmon below Lebanon.

Best times for catching trout are early and late in the day.

Current conditions

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked the first week of June with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

To get to Sheridan Pond, take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

SHORTY’S POND: trout

Shorty’s is a 4-acre pond located within Ivor Davies Nature Park in the city of Molalla. It can be accessed by the Fifth St. Trailhead across from Heckard Football Stadium. Aquatic vegetation can make for challenging conditions during warmer weather.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

Stocked in June with 5,650 trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

Stocked again this week with another 200 trout. This is a small youth-only fishing pond located next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada. It was stocked several times earlier this season.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has begun a five-year construction project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade capital equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project. The work is being conducted in anticipation of a new federal operating license for the project.

The capital construction projects planned for the 2017-2021 time frame will create significant public access constraints due primarily to safety concerns. In order to keep the public and construction personnel safe during the five-year project, EWEB and the Forest Service agreed to close access to Forest Road 730 at the Powerhouse. The closure will deny public access to Trail Bridge Campground, Smith Reservoir and Lake’s End Campground. The closure of the road to the public will begin in March 2017 and continue through 2021.
St. Louis Pond
St. Louis Pond
- Photo by Rick Swart-

ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

Stocked the week of Aug. 28 with 500 8-inch trout, and 200 13-inch trout.

St. Louis Ponds is a 240-acre fishing complex of seven ponds owned and managed jointly by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Marion County Parks Department. The site has a 2,300-foot paved ADA footpath with turnouts, fishing platforms, restrooms and picnic tables. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout and has many other species of warmwater fish.

A gate providing access to the last mile of dirt road to the complex is open March 1-Sept. 30, although anglers are still permitted to walk in to fish during the seasonal gate closure. March/April hours are 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds, about a mile to the main parking lot.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located two miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. It was stocked early June with 340 hatchery trout. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir.

To get there from I-5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMBER LINN LAKE: rainbow trout

This is a family-friendly fishing pond located within Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It was stocked in late May with 180 legal-size and larger hatchery rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day.

Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, eastern brook, cutthroat trout, crayfish

Stocked recently with 3,000 legal-sized rainbows and 500 trophy trout.

Timothy Lake is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest approximately 75 miles southeast of Portland via Hwy. 26. Designated in 2015 as one of ODFW’s “trophy trout” lakes, it is one of the most popular family camping and fishing destinations in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lake's south shore features four developed campgrounds and boat ramps. Three smaller, less developed campgrounds are found in the north. A trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians circles the lake. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail also traverses the area along the east side of the lake. Motorboats are allowed on Timothy Lake, although a 10 mph speed limit is in place.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has begun a five-year construction project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade capital equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project. The work is being conducted in anticipation of a new federal operating license for the project.

The capital construction projects planned for the 2017-2021 timeframe will create significant public access constraints due primarily to safety concerns. In order to keep the public and construction personnel safe during the five-year project, EWEB and the Forest Service agreed to close access to Forest Road 730 at the Powerhouse.

The closure will deny public access to Trail Bridge Campground, Smith Reservoir and Lake’s End Campground. The closure of the road to the public started in March 2017 and will continue through 2021.

ODFW has discontinued stocking of Trail Bridge reservoir for the duration of the closure – hatchery fish allocated to the reservoir are being redistributed to other stocked waterbodies. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used.

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Rainbow Trout at Trillium Lake
-Photo provided by Chris Abshere-

TRILLIUM LAKE – trout

Stock with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 333 trophy-sized trout on Aug. 28.

Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy. 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. Adjacent Trillium Lake Campground is administered by the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. The large campground features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN POND – trout, panfish

Stocked in the spring with 500 trophy trout weighing approximately two pounds each. This is a 15-acre pond just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

Stocked in May with 300 hatchery trout. This is an eight-acre privately owned pond located in Salem at the northeast corner of McGilchrist and 16th Streets, S.E.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

Stocked in the spring with 1,850 hatchery rainbow trout, including 150 of those being larger-size. As a reminder, the bag limit is five trout per day, but only one over 20 inches.

Walter Wirth is a 20-acre lake located within the City of Salem’s Cascades Gateway Park. Good fishing opportunities remain for warm water species.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: coho, spring Chinook, sturgeon, warm water species

The early coho have arrived in the lower Willamette River and the best chance for angler success is around the mouth of the Clackamas River, where the fish will hold up some on their way up into the Clackamas itself. Spring Chinook and summer steelhead fishing are essentially done for the season, leaving anglers waiting until coho and winter steelhead begin to show up in good numbers. Warm water fish and sturgeon are still an option.

The last day of spring Chinook passage counts was Aug. 15 at Willamette Falls while the very slow summer steelhead movement goes on. Through Sept. 15 numbers for summer steelhead stood at a very low 2,074 and the unofficial final spring Chinook count ended up at 34,186. Although it’s very early the coho passage number at the Willamette Falls fish ladder stands at 40 through Sept. 15.

Anglers will find there are plenty of warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette for bass and small pan fish, working the rocky shorelines and around areas with structure, particularly near Cedar Island and Milwaukie.

The use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls (including Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River) and in lower Clackamas River upstream to Highway 99E Bridge. Barbless hooks are still required when fishing for sturgeon.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on Sept. 18 has flows up just slightly at 8,600 cfs, the water temperature at 67°F, and visibility excellent at 7.7 ft.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

The river was stocked in May with 1,900 legal- and larger-size rainbow trout. The Yamhill and its tributaries are now open year-round for trout under the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Fishing shifts to catch-and-release for trout from Nov. 1 to May 21. Fishing and harvest of warmwater fish is also allowed during this period.

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  Willamette Zone Hunting

WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING

COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK, FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, QUAIL

UPCOMING: General Deer Coast and Cascade Buck (Sept. 30), Waterfowl (Oct. 14)

EVENTS:

Deer butchery with Eugene Meat Collective and Scott Haugen, Sept. 24 in Eugene

Deer Hunting Classic with Scott and Tiffany Haugen, Sept. 30 at Cabela’s Eugene

Hunting forecasts now available

Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online.

Youth Hunting Opportunities

Statewide Youth Waterfowl Season (Sept. 23-24.)

Some public lands are not open for hunting during this season, please check with the appropriate management agency for allowance of youth hunting. All ODFW wildlife areas allow youth hunting. Note: only the Westside unit of Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is open, and this youth hunt will be conducted in the same manner as the Westside units during general waterfowl season

Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters – Sign up now

Free hunts are being held in Corvallis, Eugene, and Portland, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). These events are only open to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt. More info.

For more youth hunting opportunities refer to page 26 of the 2017 Oregon Game Bird Regulations

Take a Friend Hunting – Win a Prize

ODFW is hosting the new “Take a Friend Hunting” Contest to encourage friends and family members to enjoy time together in the outdoors this year.

Hunting and fire danger in Oregon

ODFW does not close hunting seasons due to fire danger. However, hunters may face restrictions due to fires burning on public land and reduced access to private lands during fire season. More info including list of private land closures

Please remember to check with the landowner for access restrictions prior to entering private lands. Private timberlands access policy. Hunters are reminded to have permission to hunt or make sure hunting is allowed before accessing private lands.

In addition, industrial forestland owners will usually have information regarding access to their property posted on their gates and usually have a “hotline” devoted to providing up-to-date access for hunters.

BIG GAME

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A successful bow hunt.....priceless
-Photo by Greg Cole-

2017 Oregon Big Game Regulations

ARCHERY DEER AND ELK season closes Sept. 24. As usual for this time of year, temperature plays a major factor in deer and elk activity levels. The animals can be expected to spend most of their time feeding in the late evenings and early mornings. During the heat of the day, they will typically bed in shady, cool locations such as north slopes of timber stands. Hunters using tree stands or ground blinds could have the advantage early in the season. Hunters should use binoculars to glass for animals in the early morning hours and hunt bedding areas during the heat of the day. As the temperatures begin to cool, animal activity during the day will begin to increase. Elk rutting activity should begin to pick up a little as the weather begins to cool. Hunters can expect to find bulls with or near the cow and calf groups as the rut develops. Please remember to check with landowners for current access restriction before hunting on private lands.

The 2017 COUGAR season is open until Dec. 31 or the zone quota is met. Remember to purchase a 2017 Hunting License and 2017 Cougar Tag if you are planning to hunt for cougar this year. A productive hunting technique is to use predator calls to mimic a distressed prey species. Approaching cougars can be difficult to see when you are predator calling so hunting with a partner is advised.

Successful cougar hunters will need to check-in any cougar taken at an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill. Hunters are reminded that biologists located in field offices may be out in the field handling other issues so call ahead to make arrangements to have your cougar checked-in. The hide and skull must be unfrozen and the skull and proof of sex must be attached to the hide. Cougar hunters are reminded that it is required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken. The reproductive tract provides valuable information on the number and frequency of kittens born annually in Oregon and is a critical part of ODFW’s cougar population models. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements. SEE 2017 COUGAR REGULATIONS FOR DETAILS

BEARS The Western Oregon General Black Bear season opened on August 1, 2017 and will close on December 31, 2017. With the coming of the summer/fall berry crops, hunters should key on areas that support ripe berries such as raspberries, trailing blackberries, Armenian blackberries, cascara trees, and huckleberries. Also pay attention to bee and hornet nests, as well as, rotten logs and stumps with ant colonies. Remember it is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old. This year’s cubs will learn denning behavior from sows this winter, which is critical to their survival. Cubs will also stray further away from sows at this time of year compared to spring. Some cubs can be separated from sows up to 100 meters for short durations. If hunters suspect a bear is a sow, then watch the sow and surrounding area for several minutes to make sure she does not have a cub(s).

All harvested bears need to be checked in at an ODFW office. Only the skull is required for check in. Please call your local ODFW office and schedule a check in appointment prior to bringing the unfrozen skull in to ensure a Wildlife Biologist will be available to check in your bear. ODFW staff will remove a small premolar tooth to obtain the bear’s age and check for a special staining related to our long term “mark-recapture” study to generate a population estimate. Both the age and stain marks are used to manage bear populations and continue to support bear hunting seasons with biological data. Your participation is critical in this effort. Hunters should try to collect the female reproductive tracts to add to our biological information. Female bear reproductive tract collection is voluntary, but very much appreciated.

Upland Game Bird

Quail Hunt

Quail Hunting

New This Year - “Edible Portions” of game birds means, at minimum, the meat of the breast associate with the sternum. Page 13 in the 2017 Oregon Game Bird Regulations.

Quail, Mountain / California – Open season from Sept. 1 to Jan 31. These brush loving birds are often found running between hiding and feeding areas in both brush land and riparian zones. Please remember that the daily bag limit is 10 birds and the possession limit is 30 birds singly or in aggregate when both California and mountain quail seasons are concurrent. Remember that wildlife laws state that the head or one fully feathered wing must be left attached to all game birds in the field or while in transit to the place of permanent residence of the possessor.

Forest Grouse– Open season from Sept. 1 to Jan 31. The forest grouse group collectively includes the Ruffled and Blue (dusky/sooty) grouse species. Look for grouse along the edges of timber patches during morning and evening times. Remember that the daily bag limit is 3 of each species and possession limit is 9 of each species. Remember that wildlife laws state that the head or one fully feathered wing must be left attached to all game birds in the field or while in transit to the place of permanent residence of the possessor.

Your participation is greatly needed

ODFW would appreciate your help in obtaining important information about the health of grouse and mountain quail populations. To do so we would like the tail (including the rump feathers) and one whole wing off of any grouse or mountain quail you harvest. Look in the 2017/18 Oregon Game Bird Regulations on page 25 for specific instructions for removing wings. Below is a list and location of individual wing collection barrels to help locate the one closest to you. The barrels are blue with highly visible yellow signs and are mounted horizontally on wooden stands. They read (Attention Grouse Hunters) on them.

  1. Clackamas Office - 17330 SE Evelyn St. Clackamas, OR 97015.
  2. Hillockburn Rd. - 28122-29134 S. Hillockburn Rd. Estacada, OR.
  3. Glen Avon - Intersection of S. Dickie Prairie Rd. & S. Molalla Forest Rd.
  4. Rhododendron - Mt. Hood Foods: 73265 U.S. Hwy. 26, Rhododendron, OR 97049.
  5. Ripplebrook - Near the Ripplebrook Camp Store: 59870-61498 Clackamas Hwy., Estacada, OR 97023.
  6. Estacada Ranger Station – 595 NW Industrial Way Estacada, Or 97023.
  7. Scappoose Vernonia Hwy – Intersection of Scappoose Vernonia Hwy. and Hwy. 47.
  8. Enterprise Mainline Rd. – Intersection of Enterprise Mainline Rd. and Hwy. 47.
  9. Stimson Mainline- Stimson Mainline Gate (45.471456, -123.2383)
  10. Sauvie Island Office – 18330 NW Sauvie Island Rd. Portland, Or 97231

Migratory Game Birds

New this year – Legal shooting hours for geese in the Northwest Permit Zone are listed in the shooting time table on page 23 of the 2017 Oregon Game Bird Regulations.
(Sunrise to Sunset)

Mourning Dove – Open season from Sept. 1 to Oct. 30. Remember the daily bag limit is 15 birds and possession limit is 45. Scout for habitat with plenty of perch locations near open areas. Also keep an eye out for water sources during dryer portions of the season. Many doves leave Oregon once fall weather starts approaching so hunting is best early in the season. Remember that wildlife laws state that the head or one fully feathered wing must be left attached while you are in the field or transporting the bird(s)
home.

 Willamette Zone Wildlife Viewing

Valleywide Wildlife Viewing

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Osprey mother feeding chicks
-Photo by Maxine Wyatt-

OSPREY are fledging their young at this time of year. These fish-eating birds build large twiggy nests on the top of tall trees. In urban areas, they can be found on the top of human-made structures such as cell phone towers and telephone poles. A concentration of sticks on the tops of these structures is indicative of an osprey nest. Osprey are a protected species under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so be careful not to disturb a nest.

NEWTS, a type of salamander common in the Pacific Northwest, may be observed in their migration from terrestrial environs such as rotten logs and moist soil to their breeding grounds in ponds, small lakes and the edges of streams. These small amphibians may be found if you are hiking in forests during or just after it rains.

HARLEQUIN DUCKS are Oregon’s only “anadromous” duck. This seaduck winters in the churning rocky intertidal zone at the coast and then moves inland to breed on turbulent mountain streams that mimic the crashing waters of their coastal environment. This bird has adapted to a unique way of life geared to taking advantage of the abundance of food that occurs where water flows fast and frothy. Harlequin ducks can be viewed in the spring and early summer along the middle and upper McKenzie River at Cooks Rapid or Bear Creek Rapid and the Middle Fork Willamette River around the town of Oakridge. They can also be found on the North Santiam River from Mill City upstream to above Marion Forks.

Corvallis Area

EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Trapper education for youth this Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser Drale
- Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

There are lots of deer, shorebirds and waterfowl to see on the Wildlife Area—look for goose, mallard, hooded merganser and wood duck broods. Wildlife viewing remains good for waterfowl and shorebirds. Neotropical migrants in the area include yellow-breasted chat, American goldfinch, various swallows, warblers, thrush, kinglet and common yellowthroat.

Spring and summer are great times for birdwatching migrants as well as waterfowl including mallards, wood duck, hooded merganser, western Canada goose. Snipe and other shorebirds are periodically seen.

Note: Dogs are required to be on a leash inside the wildlife area boundary. Rifles and pistols are prohibited year round.

Find directions to EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Eugene Area

Delta Ponds’ Turtles

This time of year viewers can observe native western pond turtles as they soak up the sun basking on logs. The best time to observe turtles is mid-mornings on sunny days. The turtles will retreat back into the water if the temperature is too hot. Please try to observe the turtles from a distance to avoid disturbing them. Unfortunately, viewers will likely see Red-eared Sliders in addition to the Western Pond Turtles. The sliders are a non-native invasive species that compete with our native turtles for habitat and food.

For more information, visit the City of Eugene Parks Web site.

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

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Black-tailed Buck
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area is open daily for public use providing great wildlife viewing opportunities. (One section of levee in the western portion of the Fisher Butte unit is posted closed to provide wildlife sanctuary.)

Observant visitors may catch a glimpse of black tailed deer and furbearers including beaver and otter, mink, red fox and coyotes. Some of the unusual and special bird species to be on the lookout for include white pelicans, black terns, band-tailed pigeons, yellow-headed blackbirds, osprey and bald eagles. This is a great time of year to look for waterfowl, shore birds, wading birds, songbirds, raptors, reptiles, and amphibians. 

There is an elevated viewing platform in the Fisher Butte unit just south of Royal Avenue that is open year-round. A second viewing platform is under construction and scheduled for installation this summer. The new viewing platform will be located 1/4 mile north of the Fisher Butte unit parking lot on Hwy 126.

Portland: Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

White Pelican
American White Pelican
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Eastside units and Westside, Oak Island and North units are scheduled to close on Oct. 1 and will remain closed through April 15, 2016. Rentenaar Road, Eastside Viewing Platform and Coon Point will remain open for viewing. The trail to Warrior Rock Lighthouse remains open and offers a great hike along with bird viewing. All open areas are on Reeder Road and require a parking permit.

When planning your trip to the island please see the current Game Bird Regulations for the hunt schedule and plan accordingly.

Viewing opportunities are plentiful as the fall migration is upon us with a variety of waterfowl and migratory birds currently returning to the island, including geese, pelicans and peak numbers of sandhill cranes. Be sure to bring your binoculars.

Sauvie Island is a main stopping point for migratory birds as they travel along the Pacific Flyway. ODFW actively manages the area to provide food and cover.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is located on Sauvie Island, only 10 miles north of Portland off Highway 30. A parking permit is required for the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area and can be purchased at ODFW License agents, ODFW offices, or online.

For more information, call (503) 621-3488.


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