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Weekly Recreation Report: Willamette Zone

August 22, 2017

 Willamette Zone Fishing

Boy and dad
Trout Fishing
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Sandy River flows are getting lower every week but holding up good enough for anglers in pursuit of summer steelhead or spring Chinook, and current reports from Sandy Hatchery indicate decent numbers are coming out daily in the Cedar Creek area fishery.
  • 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.
  • Late summer is a good time to consider a trip to the high mountain lakes, many of which are stocked with rainbow, cutthroat or eastern brook trout.
  • August is an excellent time to try warmwater fishing, and there are plenty of locations around the Willamette Valley to find them, including the Willamette Slough, St. Louis Ponds, and Wilsonville Pond. 

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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

Will be stocked this week 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.

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

Stocked in May 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 May 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.

Steelhead fishing on the Clackamas River
Britenbush River
-Photo by Rick Swart-

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 May 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

It’s the same old story for the Clackamas River as flows fell a bit more in the past week with the gauge in Estacada now firmly “stuck” reading below 1,000 cfs. Fishing effort has been tough to track down while the summer rafting crowd continues to dominate the river, a common situation in mid-summer. For the anglers out giving it a try last week action remained slow for both summer steelhead and spring Chinook.

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 Aug. 21 shows river flows down to 866 cfs, with a gauge reading of 10.78 feet and the water temperature down a couple of degrees at 62°. 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: 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
Detroit Reservoir
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

The reservoir is still mostly full and all boat ramps are in the water. The reservoir was stocked mid-July with 4,500 hatchery rainbow trout. Mongold boat ramp, among others, is available for launching boats. 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: spring Chinook

Eagle Creek water levels continue to fall with the onset of the summer doldrums, despite the mountain snowmelt that had been helping keep deeper stretches of the creek fishable. Back in early June there were unconfirmed reports of a few spring Chinook landed on the creek, which is entirely possible since the flows had been high enough to allow fish to swim into the creek from the Clackamas. The creek is now too low for Chinook to make it in from the Clackamas River but there could be fish holding in the deep pools, while there are also several Chinook holding in the creek just below the hatchery. These springers would be returns from the releases done a couple of years ago up at Eagle Creek Hatchery.

Keep in mind that long stretches of Eagle Creek run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down past 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

The release of 2,000 trout, scheduled for the week of Aug. 21 was postponed due to eclipse-related traffic. The lake was previously stocked several times this fishing season.

Faraday is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam near Estacada. Fishing dock and ADA-accessible fishing platform provide the only non-boating access. Boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at lower end of reservoir, picnic areas, restrooms. Park fee.

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

The release of 2,000 trout, scheduled for the week of Aug. 21 was postponed due to eclipse-related traffic. Previously stocked several times this fishing season.

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

Foster Reservoir
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

Foster Reservoir was stocked with rainbow trout in the spring. 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 14 feet below full pool with both boat ramps available.

Both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb Island boat ramps are currently available for boaters. It was stocked on May 8 with 5,750 hatchery rainbow trout.

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.

Rainbow Trout
A string of trout caught at the Green Peter Reservoir
-Photo by Kathy Munsl -

HARRIETT LAKE: trout

Will be stocked again this week with 3,000 rainbow trout. The lake was stocked earlier this year with an additional 5,000+ trout, including more than 100 “trophies.”

Harriet is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest. Boat ramp is just past campground.

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

Stocked the week of May 29 with 10,000 legal-size rainbow trout. The lake has been stocked several other times this spring as well.

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)

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

Leaburg Lake will be stocked with 1,400 hatchery trout this week. 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.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leburg Lake: trout salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake will be stocked this week with 3,000 hatchery trout from Leaburg Town Landing downstream to Hendricks Bridge. 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 will be stocked this week 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

Molalla River water has hit a new low for the summer after a big drop from last week to this week, presenting ever challenging fishing conditions as anglers go out chasing late spring Chinook. There have been reliable reports that 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.

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 Aug. 21 has river flows at 49 cfs and a gauge reading of 9.47 feet. All of the readings come from the Canby gauge.

Fishing at Mt. Hood Pond
Fishing at Mt. Hood Pond
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

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

The release of 7,700 trout, scheduled for the week of Aug. 21 was postponed due to eclipse-related traffic. The reservoir was previously stocked in July with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. North Fork Reservoir has been stocked several times this stocking season, with releases of up to 10,000 fish.

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: 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 25 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 steelhead
Sandy River Steelhead
-Photo by Jessica Sall-

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Sandy River flows took a dip in the last few days; however, conditions are holding up well enough for anglers in pursuit of summer steelhead or spring Chinook, and reports say there are fish spread throughout the Sandy River system with springers landed as far up as the mouth of the Salmon River. The ODFW broodstock collection trap on the Bull Run River has been showing large numbers of springers on a daily basis since early July as these fish return from acclimation releases done two or three years ago. As a result the Sandy River around Dodge Park continues putting out fair to good catch numbers, and anglers fishing the Garbage Hole and the Pipeline have been finding success for several days.

Keep in mind moving into late August that the glacial melt could begin affecting Sandy River, leaving the river silted up and a chalky gray/white color. Many experienced Sandy River anglers say that the fish actually seem to bite better when these off-color conditions show up since it provides a bit more “cover”.

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 Aug. 21 shows the Sandy flows at 386 cfs, with a gauge reading of 7.82 feet and the water temperature down to 56°F.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

As of Aug. 18 flows are around 1,150 cfs at the Mehama gauge. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs.

The annual run of Spring Chinook and steelhead has run its course, but fish are still available for anglers to catch, especially above Stayton. Counts of spring Chinook at Willamette falls ended with 36,628 fish. Summer steelhead numbers remain low, around 2,000 fish as of Aug. 17. So far, 538 summer steelhead and 4,100 hatchery Chinook salmon have migrated upstream of Stayton, as of Aug. 12.

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

Flow levels have dropped to summer low flows, currently around 870 cfs (as of Aug. 14) and most of the fish destined for the basin have arrived. About 430 summer steelhead and more than 4,900 Chinook have already entered the ladder at Foster dam through Aug. 15. Be aware that angling for Chinook salmon closes at the end of August to allow them to spawn unmolested. If you see spawning fish, please keep your distance in order not to disturb them.

The river is open for trout angling as well. Anglers may keep up to five hatchery trout per day – wild trout need to be released. 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
Small Fry Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

The release of 300 trout, scheduled for the week of Aug. 21, was postponed to avoid eclipse-related traffic. This location was last stocked with trout in June. Small Fry Lake is a small youth-only fishing pond located next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada.

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 PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

Stocked twice in April with rainbows of various sizes.

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
Timothy Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

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.

TRILLIUM LAKE – trout

The lake is now accessible and was stocked in June with 6,000 legal-size fish and a few hundred trophies.

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 Falls
Willamette Falls
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

WILLAMETTE RIVER: spring Chinook, sturgeon, warm water species

It’s that time of year for the lower Willamette when not much is happening with salmon and steelhead fishing done until coho and winter steelhead begin to show up in fall. 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 Aug. 15 numbers for summer steelhead stood at a very low 2,006 and the unofficial final spring Chinook count ended up at 34,186.

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 Aug. 21 has flows at 8,600 cfs, the water temperature falling to 69°F, and visibility excellent at 7.0 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

COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (opens Aug. 24)

EVENTS:

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

Family Friendly pheasant hunting workshops, shotgun skills classes coming up

ODFW will host four family-friendly pheasant hunting workshops this fall: Sept. 9 and Sept. 10 at Sauvie Island, and Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 at EE Wilson Wildlife Area near Corvallis.

Participants are also required to take a shotgun skills class prior to the workshop so hunters, dogs and handlers can hunt in the morning and be finished before it gets too hot.

Shotgun skills workshops are at Mid Valley Clays in Gervais on Aug. 11 from 4-8 p.m., Aug. 12 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., or Aug. 26 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mid-Valley Clays in Gervais. More details at www.odfwcalendar.com and sign up online (click View All Classes Workshops/Outdoor Skills), at a license sales agent or at an ODFW office that sells licenses

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.

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

OPEN: COUGAR

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

Cougar
Cougar
- Royalty Free Image-

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 2016 Cougar Regulations for details

COYOTES Remember to ask for permission to hunt on private lands. Hunter can find coyotes around meadows and brush piles where mice and rabbits are found. Use predator calls to lure coyotes in close can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cool. Hunters need a valid hunting license to hunt coyotes on public property.

Except for cougar, big game hunting is closed during the summer months. This is a good time for hunters to scout for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. The antlers of buck deer and bull elk are in velvet and sensitive to being bumped. This contributes to bucks and bulls spending more time out in the open and visible. Hunters that spend some time hiking and scouting will not only stay in better hunting shape but may find an animal to target this fall. Hunters who drew a controlled tag in the controlled draw applications are reminded to purchase it no later than the day before the hunt begins.

BEARS The Western Oregon General Black Bear season will open on August 1, 2017 and close on December 31, 2017. Most bears have been surviving on fat reserves accrued during the previous winter. 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, than 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.

deer hunter

Parker's first ever big game animal
-Photo by Dakota Peterson-

UPCOMING

ARCHERY DEER AND ELK season opens on Aug. 26. 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 Slope 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 is not yet occurring in most areas. Hunters can expect to find bulls with or near the cow calf groups but most bulls are being fairly quiet. Please remember to check with landowners for current access restriction before hunting on private lands.

Upland Game Bird

New This Year - “Edible Portions” of game birds means, at minimum, the meat of the breast associate with the sternum.

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 populations grouse and mountain quail populations. To do so we would like the tail and one whole wing off of any grouse or mountain quail you harvest. Look in the 2017/18 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for specific instructions for removing wings/tails and sending in.

Migratory Game Birds

Canadian Geese
Canada Geese
- Photo by Kathy Munsel-

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 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. 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.

Band-tailed Pigeon- Open season from Sept. 15th- Sept. 23rd. Remember the daily bag limit is 2 birds and possession limit is 6. Remember permits are required to hunt Band-tailed Pigeon.

September Canada Goose – Open season from Sept. 9-17 in the Northwest Permit Zone. Remember that the daily bag limit is five Canada geese and possession limit is 15 Canada geese. The Dusky Canada goose season is closed. It is a wildlife violation to shoot a Dusky Canada goose. Remember geese mist be intact and fully feathered in the field and while in transit to the place of permanent residence or the possessor.

 Willamette Zone Wildlife Viewing

The pileated woodpecker, a spectacular sight

Where to see the bird

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
- Photo by Greg Gillson-

In the Willamette Zone, look, first, for habitat. There are many places to see pileated woodpeckers. Remember, they prefer the forest, which doesn’t necessarily mean the wilderness. Visit the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, which in only ten minutes from downtown Portland or the running trail in Forest Park—last weekend, there was a pileated woodpecker on the trail; access the trail from NW Thurman Street.

East of Salem, Silver Falls State Park provides good habitat for this woodpecker and several others. Hikers on the Bruno Meadows Trail in the Willamette National Forest out of Detroit will enjoy many mountain forest birds and may see or hear a pileated.

At EE Wilson Wildlife Area in Monmouth, focus on the hardwood-conifer forest east of the angling pond where it borders on Forest Service property.

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, five miles west of Eugene, is another great place. In the Zuwalt Park area you will find several parking areas along Jeans Road. A variety of habitats are available here. Pileated woodpeckers use the older stands of firs towards the north end of this unit. Viewing sites at Fern Ridge.

About the bird

The pileated, or crested, woodpecker was the model for the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker. It is a large black-and-white bird with a bold red feathered crest and distinctive call. You may hear its powerful drumming before you see it.
In Oregon, look for it in older forests in the Blue Mountains, East and West Cascades, Klamath Mountains, Willamette Valley and Coast Range ecoregion. They prefer mature forests and younger forests with large snags and logs, requiring large diameter snags for nesting and foraging.

The pileated woodpecker eats the carpenter ants, beetles and termites it uncovers while excavating large diameter dead or fallen trees and logs. Once the woodpecker has moved on, its rectangular excavations serve as home to other birds and mammals.

Beaver
Beaver
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Valley Wide

Oregon has 15 species of bats most of which occur in the Willamette Valley. Look for bats foraging for insects at dusk. Anywhere close to water is a good place to see bats and they may even fly over your back yard. These little creatures are good to have around as they can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in an hour! The Valley wildlife refuges are all good places to see these fascinating animals.

Beaver, river otter, mink, muskrats and the introduced non-native nutria are common residents along waterways in the Willamette Valley. They can be seen by quietly floating the Willamette River in a canoe or other non-motorized boat and watching the shoreline. They are most visible early in the morning or in the evening when other boat traffic is minimal. Occasionally these animals are seen in the Delta ponds or from the river bike path in Eugene and Springfield or in many of the farm ponds on the valley floor. The non-native nutria has displaced the muskrat from much of the Willamette Valley.

Corvallis Area

EE Wilson Wildlife Area

FUEL SPILL SITUATION: The wildlife area is open as usual but expect traffic delays due to clean up efforts for a fuel spill on Hwy 99 adjacent to the area. While the spill has contaminated some soil, there is no known loss of wildlife at this time. ODFW and DEQ will be working together to restore any area contaminated by the spill.

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.

western pond turtle
Western Pond Turtle
-Photo by Keith Kohl, ODFW-

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

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.

Visitors are reminded that dogs must be kept on leash at all times. Visitors are also cautioned that there have been recent vehicle break-ins at Fern Ridge and in local parks, so please secure your valuables before departing your vehicle. Parking areas are located along Highway 126, Nielson Road, Cantrell Road, Territorial Road, and Clear Lake Road. Contact the wildlife area headquarters, (541) 935-2591 if you have any questions.

Directions to Fern Ridge Wildlife Area.

Portland: Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

Buck deer have been viewed and fawns have recently been seen on the Island.

Bird watching is excellent as summer residents have arrived and are initiating a lot of activity. White pelicans and shore birds have still been seen on the wildlife area and other points on the island. The best opportunities for viewing are Coon Point, Eastside Viewing Platform and Rentenaar Road.

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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