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Byline: The Register-Guard

Correction (published June 11): Outdoors: A Mckenzie Flyfishers program on Diamond Lake will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Mallard Banquet Hall in Eugene. An incorrect date was submitted to the Outdoors Calendar that appeared in Tuesday's paper.

Summer gondola rides at the Pass to include ... skiing?

Willamete Pass Ski Area has switched its main chairlift over to "gondola" mode for the summer, which usually means sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking and disk golf. This weekend, however, it will mean another chance to hit the slopes skiing and snowboarding. The Oregon Skyway gondola will operate Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for "unprecedented" summer skiing and snowboarding as well as for sight-seeing. Cost to ride will be $25 for skiers and boarders, $14 for sight-seers. No mountain biking, hiking or downhill disk golf will be offered this weekend.

Skiers and snowboarders will ski down the Backside to gain access to the Peak Two chairlift, which also be running. Limited restaurant and lounge offerings will be available at the lodge. It's believed to be the first time Willamette Pass, which ended its regular season April 20, has offered skiing in the month of June. "This could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Willamette Pass Resort," owner Tim Wiper said.There was 70 inches of snow atop Peak Two Monday.

Third annual Willamette River Cleanup is Saturday

The city of Eugene, Willamalane Park District, Recreational Equipment Inc. and area volunteers will join forces Saturday for the third annual cleanup of the Willamette River and its banks in the Eugene-Springfield area. This year's event is timed to have the riverfront spruced up for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.Volunteers will cover the river and its banks by foot and drift boat, then partake in a free lunch and drawing for prizes that include a sea kayaking trip for two. Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing. Event organizers will provide all necessary tools, materials, maps and instructions. Contact Matt McRea at 682-4850 or Amanda MacLeod at amacleo@rei.com to volunteer.

Tonight's GEARS meeting to include `Bike Fair'

The Greater Eugene Area Riders cycling club will hold a membership meeting and "bike fair" tonight from 7 to 9:30 at the Vet's Club, 1626 Willamette St., Eugene. Non-members are encouraged to come learn about various group ride opportunities, see the latest products local bike shops have to offer, get some bicycling tips, win free prizes, and get to know other riders and bicycle advocates.

Volunteers needed to `STEP up' for salmon, trout

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife's Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) is looking for more volunteers willing to work on enhancing and restoring Oregon's fisheries. Projects that the local ODFW offices uses volunteers on include: Fish Population and Habitat Condition Surveys; Habitat Restoration; Fish Trapping and Sampling; Riparian Planting; Educational Projects and High Lakes Backpack Stocking. Also, the program is looking for private landowners willing to participate in restoration projects on stream and rivers on their land. For details, contact STEP biologist Erik Moberly at the Springfield ODFW office (541-726-3515, ext. 28) or e-mail erik.r.moberly@state.or.us.

Silver Falls State Park offering guided trail rides

Silver Falls State Park, with 20 miles of trails to explore on horseback, is offering guided trail ridesthrough Labor Day. A concessionaire, Northwest Equine Outfitters, is offering rides daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the park's Howard Creek Horse Area Trailhead. Rates start at $120 for two hours. Reservations and information on riding opportunities are available by calling (503) 991-7433.

Fishing, hunting & Wildlife viewing

Rivers and streams: The Middle Fork Willamette and McKenzie rivers are running high, but steelhead and trout are being caught. Leaburg Lake and the McKenzie above and below it are scheduled to be stocked this week.

Lakes and ponds: Most area lakes and reservoirs were well-stocked for last weekend's free fishing event and should still be very good. Diamond Lake continues to fish well for trout to 19 inches. Paulina and East Lakes produced some large brown trout last week.

Marine zone: Beaches continue to deliver surfperch limits and as spawning approaches, red tails are beginning to enter bays and estuaries. Halibut fishing has been good when boats can get out.Crabbing is slow to fair.

Wildlife Viewing

Best bets: Week Harlequin Ducks are Oregon's only "anadromous" duck. This sea duck winters in the churning rocky intertidal zone at the coast and then moves inland to breed on turbulent mountain streams that mimic the crashing waters of their coastal environment.These ducks can be viewed in the spring and early summer along the middle and upper McKenzie River at Cooks Rapid or Bear Creek Rapid and the Middle Fork Willamette River around the town of Oakridge. They can also be found on the North Santiam River from Mill City upstream to above Marion Forks.

To submit events

Submit listings to: outdoors@registerguard.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Astronomy

saturdaY

Eugene Astronomical Society: "Star party," 9 p.m., atop College Hill Reservoir, 24th and Lawrence, Eugene. A variety of telescopes will be available to look through, and astronomers will be on hand to explain the night sky.

Bicycling

WEDNESDAY

GEARS: 23- and 44-mile Alvadore ride, 6 p.m., Alton Baker Park.

SATURDAY

GEARS: Breakfast rides to Lorane, 30 miles from Twin Oaks School or 50 Miles from Alton Baker Park, 9 a.m. for faster riders, 9:30 a.m. for slower.

The Obsidians: Sharon Ritchie will lead a 42-mile ride to The Cottage. Details, sign-up, Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: 24-mile Mckenzie View loop ride, 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: 484-1558.

GEARS: 28-mile Fiddler's Green ride and 60-mile Monroe ride, 9 a.m. faster riders, 9:30 a.m. slower riders, Alton Baker Park.

Climbing

THURSDAY

Eugene Recreation Services: Drop-in beginning tree climbing clinic for ages 10 and up, 4-7 p.m., Maurie Jacobs Park at the huge white oak tree near the community gardens at the end of North Grand Street. Fee: $10.

SUNDAY

Eugene Recreation Services: "Community Climb Time," 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at the Skinner Butte Columns near Second and Lincoln streets. Fee: $10. Details, registration: 682-5329.

Fishing

TUESDAY, JUNE 17

McKenzie Flyfishers: Presentation on Diamond Lake by biologist Dave Loomis, who supervised the lake's recent restoration, 6 p.m., Mallard Banquet Hall, 725 W. First Ave., Eugene.

Hiking

WednesdaY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: General meeting includes sign-ups for hikes, bike rides and more, 6 p.m., upstairs at The Vet's Club, 1626 Willamette St, Eugene. Details: www.altairsports.org.

tHURSdaY

The Obsidians: Marshall Kandell will lead 5.5-mile Clear Lake hike. Details and sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATurdaY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Barbara Reynolds will lead a four mile Mary's Peak hike. Details, RSVP: 505-4335.

MonDAY

Obsidians: Janet Hall will lead a 10-mile Spencer Butte hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson.

Nature

WEDNESDAY

Willamette Resources Education Network: "Wetlands wander" nature walk, 9 a.m., west end of Royal Avenue, Eugene. Details: 683-6494.

SATURDAY

Native Plant Society: Rob Weiss will lead a 3-mile moss identification and wildflower walk at Horse Rock Ridge in the Coburg Hills, 9 a.m., South Eugene High School. Bring hand lens, water and lunch. Details: 752-1362.

Navigation

ThursdaY

Joe's: GPS 101 seminar, 6 p.m., Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Rd., Eugene.

Walking

wednesday & Friday

Altair: 5- to 6-mile Hendricks Park walk, 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: 726-8154.

SATURDAY

Altair: 4.5-mile river trails walk, 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: 343-7893.

MonDAY

Altair: 4-mile walk at Skinner Butte, 6 p.m. Details, RSVP: 334-6416.
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