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ODFW unveils new fishing dock at West Linn
 
February 14, 2011

 

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – A new fishing dock on the Willamette River in West Linn is now open to the public. Located on the west shore of the Willamette between the Oregon City Arch Bridge and West Linn Paper Company, the dock gives bank fishermen access to the Willamette.

West Linn dock

Steve Snegirev of Molalla fishes for sturgeon from the new West Linn Fishing dock on the Willamette River. The new fishing structure was funded primarily through the sale of fishing licenses and offers anglers an alternative to the Oregon City Wall, which was closed to angling last year.
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“We are pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for bank anglers,” said Jeff Boechler, manager of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s North Willamette Watershed District.

The new dock is approximately eight feet wide and 350 feet long and was designed specifically to be used by anglers. It will provide opportunities for those without a boat to pursue spring chinook, white sturgeon, winter and summer steelhead, coho salmon and warm water fish species.

Development of the dock was a cooperative project of ODFW, the City of West Linn, West Linn Paper Company and Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation. It was built and installed by Ken’s Floatation Services, Inc., of Oregon City.

“This is excellent,” said Steve Snegirev of Molalla, one of the first anglers to use the new dock. “I’m really glad to see our license dollars being used for something like this. I’m sure it will get a lot of use and that people will like it.”

The new dock replaces an old log “catwalk” which was deemed unsafe. The new structure was an engineering challenge, according to Boechler, because it is anchored to the shore with pivot arms next to steep slopes that give the dock the ability to move with changes in river flows. It also required installation of a long ship’s ladder to allow users to safely cross a 20-foot cliff to the water below. The facility is accessed via a new path built by the West Linn Parks Department adjacent to Territorial Road. The new access point also means that anglers no longer need to enter the West Linn Paper Company mill to access the dock.

Total cost of the project was approximately $250,000. The funding package was coordinated by Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization that champions projects that benefit fish, wildlife and habitat related projects throughout Oregon. Most of the funding was provided by a grant through the Oregon Restoration and Enhancement Program using surcharges from fishing licenses sold to Oregon anglers. Additional funding support was provided by the City of West Linn, West Linn Paper Company, the C.M. Bishop Jr. Family Trust, and Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.

Anglers are advised that parking in this area is extremely limited at this time due to the maintenance project taking place on the Oregon City Arch Bridge. A limited amount of parking is available along Mill Street adjacent to the West Linn Police Department. There is no parking available on West Linn Paper Company property or under the bridge along Territorial Road. Anglers may need to find other areas to park their vehicles or seek alternate methods of transportation to the site. Parking will remain limited for approximately two years while the bridge project is underway. During this construction period the Oregon Department of Transportation is offering free shuttle services between Oregon City and West Linn for bicyclists and pedestrians who previously used the bridge. For a shuttle schedule visit the project website at www.archrehab.com.

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Contact:

Jeff Boechler (971) 673-6005
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

 
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