ODFW Weekly Recreation Report


Check for fire restrictions
Many private lands (and some public) are closed due to high fire danger, firefighting and fire suppression resources stretched thin. Oregon Department of Forestry has a helpful map of current fire restrictions. Oregon Department of Forestry and OFIC keep an updated list of closures (pdf) on their web site. The chart also contains phone numbers to get the latest access information from timberland owners.

ODFW has evacuated three fish hatcheries in Cascade Locks, including Bonneville, due to the Eagle Creek Fire.

Hunting forecasts now available
Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online. 

September Canada goose season starts Sept. 9
See the regulations for details.

As temperatures rise, think warmwater fishing
As temperatures rise moving into summer, warmwater fish such as bass, crappie, and bluegill get more active, making them a good option this time of year. To learn more about this fun fishing activity, check out our Warmwater Fishing Page for ideas on when, where, and how to catch these fish.

Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters – Sign up now
Free hunts are being held in Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). These events are only open to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt. More info.