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Angling Groups Buy Lower Ronde Land, Will Transfer It To WDFW

Steelhead advocates have closed a deal for 8 acres on Washington’s lower Grande Ronde and will soon transfer it to WDFW, permanently protecting the land and ensuring continued public access to good summer-run and smallmouth waters.

JOSH MILLS OF THE WILD STEELHEAD COALITION CELEBRATES THE PURCHASE OF 2,000 FEET AND 8 ACRES ALONG THE LOWER GRANDE RONDE BY LOCAL AND REGIONAL FISHING ORGANIZATIONS. (WSC)

The joint project of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club of Spokane, Wild Steelhead Coalition, Washington Chapter of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and Washington State Council of Fly Fishers International raised $35,000-plus to purchase the property from willing sellers Lynn “Radar” and Kay Miller.

WDFW did not having the funding to acquire it in the short term, so the fishing groups were tapped.

WSC termed it “a testament to what the angling community can accomplish when we work collaboratively on behalf of anglers and wild steelhead.”

The Millers have long allowed public access on the 2,000 feet of riverfront known as Turkey Run — there’s a WDFW parking area and outhouse — and in deciding to sell it wanted to continue that tradition.

“We all owe a debt of gratitude to Radar and Kay Miller for putting the public good ahead of profit and choosing to sell this land to us, and in turn, the general public,” said WSC board member Josh Mills in a press release. “As they had hoped, this land will now be permanently protected for future generations. The Grande Ronde is my home river, and someday soon I plan to take my boys to this piece of water to show them this special place and teach them the value of public lands.”

The Wild Steelhead Coalition should not be confused with the Wild Fish Conservancy.

The deal will also benefit bass and whitefish anglers who target the Ronde between its mouth and the county bridge.

THE PARCEL IS ALSO KNOWN AS EBSEN NO. 1 AND 2 ON WDFW MAPS. (THE INTERWEBS)

WSC says that signage will be put up on the site thanking the Millers and describing wild summer steelhead issues in the Snake River watershed.

Fishing Groups Raising Funds To Secure Lower Ronde Access Site

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.

AN ANGLER PREPARES TO RELEASE A WILD SUMMER-RUN STEELHEAD. (WILD STEELHEAD COALITION)

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.

THE SITE SITS IN THE CENTER OF A LARGE SWATH OF STATE AND FEDERAL LANDS AND HAS OUTHOUSES. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)