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Hoodoo to manage Terwilliger

Hoodoo Recreation Services and the Willamette National Forest have agreed on a one year "trial" contract for management of Terwilliger Hot Springs, a popular recreation site near Cougar Reservoir east of Blue River.

Hoodoo will assume management responsibilities for Terwilliger on May 13, at which time the site use fee will go to $5 per person - $2 more than last year. Forest officials said the transfer should provide increased oversight and a "safer experience" for hot springs users.

"We have not been able to provide the resources needed at Terwilliger due to a reduced recreation budget,' said Mary Allison, McKenzie River District ranger. Hoodoo Recreation Services, the existing concessionaire at dozens of Central Cascades campgrounds, can "provide a much higher level of oversight,' she said.

Daily and annual ($50) Terwilliger passes can be purchased from the Hoodoo Recreation Services attendants on-site, at Patio RV Park in McKenzie Bridge, at the Campstore at Hoodoo Ski Lodge and at Umbrella Properties in Coburg. Existing Terwilliger passes will be honored through their expiration date.

`Earth Day' Project Saturday

Volunteers are welcome to join the Northwest Youth Corps, REI and the Disciples of Dirt mountain biking club Saturday to work on an Earth Day trail project along Goodman Creek in the Willamette National Forest.

The trail, popular with hikers and mountain bikers, is 30 minutes from Eugene in the Hardesty Trail area. All tools will be provided. Bring lunch and water. Carpools will be formed. Contact the customer service desk at REI, 306 Lawrence St., Eugene for registration and other details.

Campground sets new rules

Cascara campground, 27 miles southeast of Eugene at Fall Creek Reservoir, will open for the summer season on Friday with two new rules in effect. One, campers will be allowed to park only two vehicles in each of the park's 42 drive-in tent sites and, two, the extra vehicle parking lot will close at 10 p.m., at which time visitors who are not camping must leave the park.

State Park officials say the new rules are intended to counter an increase in enforcement problems caused by some large groups and their vehicles. The problems included complaints from other campers and damage to campsites, trees and natural areas.

Ready to pole, paddle, pedal?

The 29th annual U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle multi-sport event will be held May 14 in the Bend area. The event includes downhill and cross-country ski legs, a 35-kilometer bike ride, an 8-kilometer run and a 2.2-mile canoe/kayak leg, followed by a half-kilometer sprint to the finish line. The 2004 event drew more than 2,800 competitors, most of them members of teams that divided up the various legs of the race. Another 10,000 people came to watch and soak up the day-long festival of foods and music. The following day there is a special "mini" competition for youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade. The PPP is a fund-raiser for the Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation. Details are posted online at www.mbsef.org. Or call (541) 388-0002.
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Title Annotation:Recreation; NEWS & NOTES
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 21, 2005
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