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New Improved Boat Launch, Facilities In Reedsport Shown Off

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Boaters and anglers now have improved access to the lower Umpqua River in Reedsport, now that the Rainbow Plaza boat ramp is complete.  Rainbow Plaza is a popular and heavily used boat launch facility with an estimated 10,000 boat launches per year.

(CITY OF REEDSPORT VIA ODFW)

This project was needed as the facility had not had major improvements since the early 90’s.  As part of this project, a new piece of land was purchased and an old building removed, along with expanding the parking lot at the site.  Old derelict pilings were removed and the boat launch was widened to improve navigability and congestion.  Additionally, a new ADA flush restroom was installed, debris deflectors and boarding docks were installed, and parking lot was reconfigured with new curbs, islands, sidewalks and a storm water treatment system.  A new fish cleaning station with grinder was also added across the street from the facility on City-owned property adjacent to the overflow gravel parking along with boat wash-down station.

(CITY OF REEDSPORT VIA ODFW)

According to ODFW STEP Biologist Evan Leonetti, this site provides improved boating access to a great angling opportunity for fall Chinook, coho, surf perch and sturgeon, all within a mile or two from the ramp.  This project added a new fish cleaning station right at Rainbow Plaza, when previously anglers had to drive down to Salmon Harbor to the nearest fish cleaning station.  The facility is attractive to boat anglers, because it offers a two-lane boat ramp with lots of boarding docks and 36 vehicle with boat trailer and 11 single car parking spots; all factors that reduce launch delays and long lines.

Other recreational uses include sea kayaking and canoeing.  According to Jonathan Wright, City Manager of Reedsport, “Each boat, each trailer that you see here – many of them have purchased gas here, purchased materials and have gone to a restaurant or two during their stay here. All those things serve to benefit the local economy.”

Cost of the project was approximately $2M, which was paid by several partners, including the Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) thru a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration grant, ODFW R&E board, Port of Umpqua, Reedsport Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce, Oregon State Parks, USDA, Reedsport Urban Renewal District and City of Reedsport.

For more information about boating access and boating regulations, visit www.boatoregon.com.

Low Flows, High Temps Lead To 2015-style Closure Around, Up Umpqua Tribs

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Effective immediately, an emergency regulation protects wild summer steelhead and early returning fall chinook on the mainstem Umpqua River.

THE EMERGENCY REGULATION IS IN EFFECT FROM THE SCOTTSBURG BRIDGE UPSTREAM TO THE RIVER FORKS BOAT RAMP WHERE THE NORTH AND SOUTH UMPQUA JOIN. (ODOT)

Emergency regulation, Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy. 38) to River Forks Boat Ramp:

Today through September 30, 2018, angling is prohibited within a 200 feet radius of all tributaries in the Umpqua River and in the tributaries themselves from the mouth to 200 feet upstream. This regulation is in effect from Scottsburg Bridge to River Forks Boat Ramp.

This emergency regulation protects wild summer steelhead and fall Chinook salmon that hold in and around tributaries looking for colder water. Currently, the Umpqua River has abnormally low flows and high water temperatures due to drought conditions.

“The Umpqua River at Elkton was 79 degrees this morning, and we know that temperature will be higher in the late afternoons. We believe the closure is needed to help protect our native fish that use these areas of cooler water,” said Greg Huchko, Umpqua District fisheries biologist. “Salmon and steelhead begin to have a tough time when water temperatures reach the upper 60’s, and we aren’t seeing a cooling trend any time in the near future.”

This emergency regulation was also in effect in late June 2015 and had public support.

Tips for hot weather angling:

  • Fish during the cooler early mornings.
  • Land your fish quickly to help increase survival rates.
  • Keep your fish in at least six inches of water while releasing it.
  • Revive the fish before release. Keep the fish upright facing into the current; if the current is slow, move the fish back and forth slowly to help oxygenate the gills.

 

25th Annual Salmon Derby On Lower Umpqua Coming Up Labor Day Weekend

Gear up now for the 25th Annual Fall Salmon Derby on the lower Umpqua River, a fundraiser for the Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay Salmon Trout Enhancement Program.

IT TAKES A BIG CHINOOK TO WIN THE ANNUAL FALL SALMON DERBY PUT ON BY THE GARDINER-REEDSPORT-WINCHESTER BAY STEP PROGRAM, AND DANA CASTLE’S 33.7-POUNDER IS A TESTAMENT TO THAT. HE WON THE 2016 EDITION OF THE UMPQUA RIVER WATERSHED FUNDRAISER WITH IT. (RICK ROCKHOLT)

Featuring $150 cash prizes for the biggest salmon weighed in each day of the Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Labor Day Weekend derby, a $500 grand prize will also be awarded for the largest overall fish. 

Last year’s winner was Ron James whose 26.4-pounder scored him $650, while 2016’s big fish was Dana Castle’s 33.7, a notable catch as he caught it while fishing alone in a 13-foot rowboat.

The derby raises money for local STEP efforts such as rearing and releasing salmon, fish habitat work and public education. You can purchase $10 tickets (or $25 per boat with three or more anglers) at the Winchester Bay East Basin and Rainbow Plaza launch in Reedsport during the event.

For more info, call coordinator Rick Rockholt at (541) 613-0589 or email him at umpqua.rock@charter.net.