Make the McKenzie Connection!

A new pond for all

Open access bridge added to Discovery Center site

LEABURG: A project to rebuild the earthen pond at the Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery continues to move forward. While dormant it had filled with sediment and vegetation, but now has been converted to a community fishing pond at the McKenzie River Discovery Center site. Thanks to a $19,000 grant from the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and the work of volunteers, the pond has been upgraded with an eye toward hosting angling and education/outreach events.

When completed, the pond will provide a chance for people of all ages, abilities, and experience levels to get their hands wet trying out a new skill. Activities could range from fly-fishing to traditional bait fishing, or learning how to identify native fish and keep them alive for “catch-and-release.”

People who’d like to support the site now have an opportunity to double their money. Recently, a grant from an anonymous donor will match - dollar for dollar - all new contributions up to $100,000. To participate, go to:


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