McKenzie River Reflections

3,200 cfs flows creating stronger McKenzie River currents

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BLUE RIVER: Increased water releases from Cougar and Blue River dams will limit access to some nearby recreation opportunities. The McKenzie River will also have higher than normal flows as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduces reservoir levels behind the dams to allow for maintenance and rehabilitation of the two dams’ spillway gates.
The road over Cougar Dam will remained closed through November 30th while spillway gate repairs are underway. Visitors accustomed to driving across the dam to get to the Echo day use area, boat launch and the East Fork lower trailhead will have a long (approximately two to three hour) drive to get to those sites. Access is via the Horse Creek (Forest Service Road 2638), spur road 356 and then onto 1993. FSR 19-500 past Slide Creek campground to access the Echo day use and boat launch sites is not suitable for passenger cars.

Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife helicopters stocking high lakes

Trout Heli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 350,000 fingerling trout are splashing down in hundreds of high mountain lakes across the Cascade Range from Mt. Hood to Klamath Falls this week, as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife readies the waters along the Pacific Coast Trail for hikers, anglers, fly fishermen and backpackers. “Oregon is the only state that I know of that has such a robust high mountain fish stocking program,” said project leader Erik Moberly, ODFW fish biologist from Bend.

Summer forecasts are very low

Steelhead release

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facing some of the lowest steelhead returns on record, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has already curtailed steelhead fishing seasons throughout the Columbia River basin by adopting rolling season closures, reduced bag limits, and a night angling closure for all species.
Additionally, ODFW is asking anglers to further help the region’s steelhead by taking more care when the fish are out of the water.
“Positive voluntary efforts may reduce the necessity for future mandatory regulations,” said Tucker Jones, ODFW’s manager of Ocean Salmon and Columbia River fisheries. “If a person happens to intercept a wild steelhead, or any steelhead during a retention closure period for that matter, it is imperative that they do their utmost to ensure its survival by using best handling practices.”

June 29: 3:40 am: Alarm – 40000 Booth Kelly Rd.

4:30 pm: Traffic Hazard – Milepost 4, Marcola Rd. Involved is a maroon SUV pulled off the east side of the road causing a traffic hazard because it’s partly in the road. Caller drove by & saw a hand out the window with a white piece of paper, looked like an elderly female’s hand, believes need help. Caller couldn’t stop. 18:41: Springfield PD patrolled area, unable to locate.

EWEB project to begin July 15

Leaburg Forest map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEABURG: Area residents will gain a look at sustainable forestry next week. The Eugene Water & Electric Board has contracted with Trout Mountain Forestry to create a Stewardship Plan for the Leaburg Forest. As part of its Healthy Forests Clean Water Program, EWEB plans to actively manage 60 acres of the 900-acre property. The project was designed to demonstrate best forest management practices to protect water quality and improve forest health. Work will include protection of sensitive habitat areas, tree thinning and replanting for diversity, and the removal of invasive plants.

mona bell-snake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Finn J.D. John
In the summer of 1936, when Edith Mona Bell Hill moved into her cozy hunting cabin on the shore of Dunbar Lake in north-central Minnesota, the neighbors didn’t really know what to make of her.
In fact, they didn’t really know who she was — although she’d owned and occasionally visited the cabin off and on for a decade or so. It was said that she was a distant relative of railroad baron James J. Hill. She certainly had money; although she dressed very simply, she drove a great expensive beast of a luxury car.

RAINBOW: West King Road will be closed from July 24th to July 30th during the Belknap Covered Bridge rehabilitation construction project, which will include a new roof. There will also be bridge work before and after the week of July 24th, with traffic controlled by flaggers.   
The West King Road closure are extends from milepost 0.000 to milepost 0.078. The road and bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, July 24th, until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 30th.

This Saturday, July 8th,  is the day for the 2017 Annual McKenzie River Clean Up. There are still a few spot open and it is not too late to register. Below is the current list of assignments. Supplies can be picked up prior to the event if desired at the Council office located at 442 A Street in Springfield. Please call before coming to the office to pick up supplies to ensure there is staff present.  Call 458-201-8150 for any questions.

Boat Routes:

Joshua Montez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report on July 1st at 1:27 am that someone had been shot at the Mona Campground in Blue River.  Deputies responded to the area along with medics.

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.