Outdoors



Eagle Watch

Visitors gather across from The Dalles Dam powerhouse during the annual Eagle Watch event at the dam visitor center. Bald eagles migrate into the area every winter, attracted by a run of shad, a small but abundant fish with a deeply forked tail.

January 22, 2019 2 p.m. read more..


Overlooking Winter

Weekend hikers look out over Miller Island and remnants of the Oregon Trail just west of Biggs Junction. The six-day forecast calls for fog, freezing fog and a chance of snow early in the coming week.

January 11, 2019 1:25 p.m. read more..


Roadkill salvage now legal in Oregon

Under new rules that took effect Jan. 1, the salvage of deer and elk struck accidentally by vehicles is now legal in Oregon, provided an online permit is submitted at www.odfw.com/roadkill within 24 hours of the salvage.

January 8, 2019 1:43 p.m. read more..
 

Pikeminnow season a success

It was a good year for pikeminnow anglers in the Columbia and Snake rivers. More than 3,000 people registered for the 2018 Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. Combined, they spent more than 23,000 angler-days catching and removing 180,271 of the salmon-eating fish, which helps protect young salmon and steelhead from predation.

December 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Guided hikes offered New Year’s Day

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites Oregonians outdoors on New Year’s Day for the annual First Day Hikes event. Visitors can choose from 32 hikes in 31 parks across the state.

December 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Quiet Reflection

The pond at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center reflects trees along the Riverfront Trail Thanksgiving Day.

November 27, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..


Highway 30 reopens

For the first time since the Eagle Creek Fire, six miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway and several popular trails near Multnomah Falls have reopened. Reopened Gorge trails include the well-known Angels Rest, Wahkeena, and Larch Mountain Trail.

November 27, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..
  

ODF loosens fire ban

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s central Oregon district will terminate the Regulated Use Closure for district lands Oct 9 as cooler fall weather combined with precipitation over the weekend has improved conditions.

October 9, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..


Gorge bike path opens

CASCADE LOCKS—Six miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, the paved bicycle and walking path closed for nearly 13 months by the Eagle Creek Fire, have re-opened between John B. Yeon Trailhead and Cascade Locks. The historic highway remains closed between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth, a six mile section, with no timeline yet for re-opening.

October 9, 2018 2:20 p.m. read more..


Free pass for 4th graders

PORTLAND – With the 2018-19 school year underway, it’s also time for all fourth graders and their families to claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass that allows free entry into all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas for a full year. Fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry into all federal lands by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov.

October 9, 2018 2:17 p.m. read more..


River Watch

A sparrow eyes the photographer from a tree along the Riverfront Trail in The Dalles. The popular hiking trail skirts the Columbia River for much of the distance between the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and The Dalles Marina.

October 5, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..


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