A popular waystation on one of the Northwest’s best steelhead rivers is back open after a fire destroyed it last fall.
“They’re serving 10 to 15 people with ice cream,” said Bill Vail at a noisy Boggan’s Oasis earlier this afternoon.
He and wife Farrel are planning a two-day grand reopening this weekend at their restaurant just above the banks of the Grande Ronde River at the bottom of the Rattlesnake and Buford Grades, between Clarkston and Enterprise.
It will feature a 1950s theme, described as “fitting” for all the milkshakes and hamburgers served there during the Vails’ ownership since 1983.
The establishment dates back to the 1940s, but on Nov. 19, a blaze left the building a smoking shell, burning so hot it melted their grill.
But thanks to insurance, the Vails were able build again, though finding contractors so late in the construction season was a bit tricky.
“The layout’s about the same, but it’s a bigger building,” said Bill.
With its breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert menu, and rental cabins nearby, Boggan’s has been the kind of place where fishermen start and end their days during the fall-to-spring steelhead run.
“They’re already catching fish,” Bill reported.
While state managers dropped the limit to one hatchery summer-run a day, for some anglers it will be enough just to be able to stop by Boggan’s again.
“It feels good and we’re happy to start the next chapter in our lives,” Bill said.