Redding Boy Scout Troop 125 back from Millicoma River, OR
By Mike Mogler
Recently, Redding Scout Troop 125 returned from the Millicoma River in Oregon after working with biologists at a private fish hatchery. The scouts had some hands on work with the salmon, moving the salmon from an area below the hatchery to a pond in the hatchery were the fish, bucks and hens could be processed for eggs and sperm. Photo by Debi Simon
The Millicoma River enters the Coos River just above high water area of the Coos. The Millicoma River, formed by its east and west forks near the unincorporated community of Allegany, flows generally west for about 9 miles (14 km) to the main stem.The Millicoma has good runs of Chinook, Silver and Sockeye salmon in the fall. When winter arrives, December through January, is when the Steelhead enter the system and in good numbers. The summer months on the Millicoma are when the cutthroat can be found.
The area has camping and other amenities and the Oregon Fish and Game operates its own hatchery on the river. Drift boating here can be treacherous so use care and get local advice. There are boating restrictions on the east and west forks of the river, too, so check with the local sports shops in Coos Bay for more information. The following link has information regarding boating on the river: www.boatescape.com/singleWater.asp?ID=243
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