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Campsite reservations tough

Reservable Oregon state park campsites for Memorial Day weekend are scarce and scattered, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department officials said Tuesday. "We do not have a site available for all three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)," said Marilyn Borgelt, operations manager for Reservations Northwest, the OPRD's campsite reservations center. "We have maybe a Friday open here and a Sunday night open there, but even these openings are limited." There are plenty of campsite choices available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information about these sites can be obtained by calling the Oregon State Parks Information Center at (800) 551-6949 or by visiting www.oregonstateparks.org. To inquire about available guaranteed campsites, call Reservations Northwest at (800) 452-5687.

Workshops for women planned

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program will hold a workshop June 13-15 at Camp Magruder in Rockaway Beach. Workshop participants select four different outdoor skills seminars from a long list of possibilities. The workshop is open to women age 18 and older. The cost is $150 for registrations postmarked by May 30, $175 thereafter. For details on the program, call director Nancy Smogor at (503) 872-5264, ext. 5358, or e-mail her at nancy.e.smogor@state.or.us.

Lighthouse plan up for review

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will present an Umpqua Lighthouse State Park plan for public review on Thursday, May 29, in Reedsport. OPRD will invite public comment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Umpqua Discovery Center, 409 Riverfront Way. An advisory committee meeting will be held at the same site that day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The draft may be reviewed beginning Friday at www.prd.state.or.us/masterplans_umpqua.php.

Water ski school opens

A new business is offering waterski and wakeboard instruction in the Eugene-Springfield area. Blue Turns Watersport LLC, owned by Nanci Smith, will provide individualized instruction from a tow-boat on Fall Creek Reservoir or Dexter Lake. Instructors certified by the United States Waterski Association will provide half-day and full-day packages starting at $60, Smith said. Details: 729-6613.

Volkswalk set on wetlands trail

The Eugene-Springfield Mossbacks Volkssport club will sponsor a free walk through the west Eugene wetlands Sunday. Walkers may choose between an 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) walk or a 5K (3.1-mile) version. The route starts at Courtsports Athletic Club, 4242 Commerce St., and follows the recently opened section of the Fern Ridge bike path. Interpretive signs will aid in observing the waterfowl and other wildlife. Participants may register and begin at Courtsports any time between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Canoe Demo Day scheduled

Oregon River Sports will hold a canoe "demo day" on Saturday at the Alton Baker Park canoe launch area. The event provides people with an opportunity to "test paddle" several different makes and models of canoes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Title Annotation:NEWS & NOTES; Recreation
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 22, 2003
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