A bid to permanently secure public fishing and camping access to 2,000 feet of the lower Grande Ronde is about halfway to its goal, with another $16,500 needed before the end of 2019 to buy the 8-acre parcel.
The plan is for several fishing organizations to buy the land from the owner, who is looking to sell but wants it to remain accessible to the public, and then transfer it to WDFW.
The Ronde is renown for its steelheading, especially in the fall, and the smallmouth bass fishing can be pretty good during warmer seasons.
The parcel is located between the mouth in Hells Canyon and the county bridge a couple miles upstream. It has parking and outhouse and is known by WDFW as Ebsen 1 and 2.
According to Washington State Council of Fly Fishers International, the state agency has had a recreational access easement to the land since some time in the early 1980s.
But now with owner Lynn Miller wanting to sell and WDFW not having the funding to acquire it in the short term, fishing groups have been tapped.
So far, the fly council, Wild Steelhead Coalition, Inland Empire Fly Club and an anonymous donor have raised over $15,000.
They’re now spreading the word in hopes of garnering the remainder needed to make a deal.