Outdoors



Columbia River closes to all salmon fishing after Wednesday

CLACKAMAS — With fall Chinook salmon returns to the Columbia River tracking well below preseason predictions, fishery managers announced today the Columbia River from the mouth at Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 Bridge near Pasco, Washington will close for angling and retention of all salmon and steelhead at 12:01 am Thursday, Sept. 13.

September 12, 2018 7:09 a.m. read more..


Regional author mixes adventure, memoir

For anyone who is intrigued with the Pacific Northwest’s majestic peaks, “Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams” offers a first-time, close-up look at Mount Adams through the lens and adventures of author and photographer Darryl Lloyd.

September 7, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..


John Day River’s Cottonwood Canyon celebrates new facilities

The public is invited to tour a new education center and four cabins at Cottonwood Canyon State Park from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 18. The grand opening celebration will include presentations, a ribbon cutting and a tour of the new facilities, which include a 1,500-square foot Experience Center that will serve as a classroom for outdoor education and a reservable event space.

September 7, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..


Fishing reopens at mouth of Deschutes

The combination of cooling water temperatures in the Columbia River and a river-wide steelhead retention closure have allowed managers to re-open fishing in the closed area adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River effective Thursday, Sept. 6.

September 7, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..


Future of wolves debated locally

Eight members of the Wolf Plan Stakeholder work group met last week in The Dalles with ODFW staff to discuss methods of controlling the growing population.

September 4, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..
 

Steelhead fishery closed

Steelhead retention in the Columbia River and lower John Day River closed effective Monday, Aug. 27 through the end of the year due to poor returns. The states of Oregon and Washington decided to close the retention fishery after the run size was downgraded from a preseason forecast of 182,000 to 110,000 adult summer steelhead on Monday.

August 28, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..


Fall discount offered at some OR parks

A pilot program that will offer discounted rates for electrical and full-hookup RV campsites is now available at selected Oregon state parks during September and October. Campers will be able to apply an online code to receive a $7 discount off the nightly RV campsite rate, bringing the current rate from $24-33 down to $17-26.

August 24, 2018 2:28 p.m. read more..


Hunting group honors Walasavage

Fred Walasavage of Mosier, chairman of the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) state board of directors, has received a Special Recognition Award from the organization.

August 21, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..


Hanging Out

A racoon eyes photographer Gary Elkinton from its perch between trunks of a pine tree. The Chronicle encourages readers to submit their photographs for publication, email TDCPhotos@thedalleschronicle.com.

August 21, 2018 1:23 p.m. read more..


‘Cheetahpult’ helping speedy residents stay fit

A custom-made contraption has catapulted the Oregon Zoo’s cheetahs toward a new level of fitness. Dubbed the “cheetahpult,” it’s an 8-foot wooden device that flings a ball far enough for a cheetah — the fastest land animal on earth — to chase. After more conventional ball launchers fell short, the cheetahpult was designed and built by staff members with the zoo’s speediest residents in mind.

August 17, 2018 4:10 p.m. read more..
 

Hot days impact fishing

Anglers can do their part to reduce the stress fish are under, according to state officials. This is especially important when fishing in waters that include native fish that may be released.

July 31, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..


ODFW invites hunters to forum

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting to discuss big game hunting regulations and tag numbers for 2019 next week in The Dalles. The forum begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, in the Dalles ODFW Screen Shop, 3561 Klindt Drive.

July 13, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..


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