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Byline: The Register-Guard

Historic wooden drift boat display planned

The history of wooden river boats and wooden boat building will be celebrated with a special display along the banks of the McKenzie River from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Eagle Rock Lodge - located off Highway 126 at Nimrod, between milepost 34 and 35 - will host the event. Boats on display will include an original 12-foot double ender, a 16-foot Prince Helfrich double ender with transom and 14-foot square ender designed by Tom Kaarhus. Anglers and rafters floating the river Saturday are welcome to beach their boat on the gravel bar in front of the lodge while they check out the display.

ODFW sets `town hall' budget sessions

Roseburg will host an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife "town hall" budget meeting this week, and Newport will be the site of a similar session next week. The meetings are among 10 being held statewide to gather public input on a proposed $237.1 million ODFW budget for 2007-09. No fee increases are proposed, and programs and staffing would continue at current levels. The Roseburg meeting will be held Wednesday at the ODFW Regional office, 4192 N. Umpqua Highway. The Newport session is set for April 25 at Hatfield Marine Science Center. Both begin at 7 p.m.

Paddle Oregon 2006 sign-up under way

Registration is under way for the 2006 running of Paddle Oregon, a 119-mile paddle on the Willamette River from Marshall Island, just north of Eugene, to Newberg. Dates of the trip are Aug. 28-Sept. 1. The $575 ($475 kids) fee includes catered meals, luggage and camping gear shuttle, and interpretive programs presented by naturalists, bird watchers and scientists. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Willamette Riverkeeper, which works to protect and restore the Willamette River's water quality and habitat. Details: call (503) 223-6418 or see: www.paddleoregon.org.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout fishing

Opening Day: With the general trout season opening Saturday, the hatchery trucks will be very busy this week. See Fishin' Holes box on Page B1 for details on what's being planted where. Native trout action on the McKenzie River has been good for anglers fishing small dark caddis flies.

Other angling highlights

Salmon, steelhead: Spring chinook and summer steelhead passage at Willamette Falls remains low (only 126 springers and 413 summer steelhead had been counted as of April 12) and the fishing is spotty below the falls. Spring chinook fishing is very slow on the Umpqua River.

Marine fish: South coast bottom fishers have had good results, with lingcod up to 30 pounds and good numbers of rockfish being taken when ocean conditions permit trips. Surf perch fishing is also productive.

Warmwater species: Largemouth bass fishing should be very good at Willamette Valley reservoirs and ponds.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Young ducks and geese are starting to show up at local reservoirs and ponds. Also, watch for western pond turtles on warm afternoons. Ospreys are back in the area along the rivers and bald eagles have started nesting.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updated information is available by logging on to www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

The deadline for calendar event listings is 10 a.m. Monday. Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or e-mail: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Adventure

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

UO Outdoor Program: Banff Mountain Film Festival, 7 p.m., McDonald Theatre, Eugene. (Different shows each night.) General admission $10 in advance at REI and EMU Tickets; $12 at the door. For film details, see: www.banffmountainfestivals.ca/tourhost/2005/na/films/.

Bicycling

WEDNESDAY

Greater Eugene Area RiderS (GEARS): The club is offering 25-, 30- and 35-mile ride options in the north Coburg Road area. Meet at Alton Baker Park Pond at 6 p.m. Details: www.eugenegears.org.

SATURDAY

GEARS: 20-, 35- and 50-mile rides in the Fox Hollow/Lorane Highway area, 9 a.m. at Alton Baker Park.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 30-, 40- and 50-mile ride options are planned in the Pleasant Hill area, 9 a.m. at Alton Baker Park.

MONDAY

Eugene Bicycle Coalition: Efforts to encourage bicycling will be discussed, 6 p.m., First Floor Conference Room, Public Works Building, 858 Pearl St., Eugene. Details: Sue Wolling, 345-2110.

Birding

FRIDAY

Lane Audubon Society: "Welcome Back Swifts" event, at sunset, outside Agate Hall, 1787 Agate St., Eugene. Details: 485-2473.

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: "Birds as Flying Machines," 9 a.m. at the arboretum. Fee and registration details: 747-1504.

TUESDAY, April 25

Lane Audubon Society: Steve Gordon and Cary Kerst's program on dragonflies, 7:30 p.m., Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

The Obsidians: Anne Montgomery will lead a 14-mile birding outing by bicycle. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Boating

TODAY-THURSDAY

Coast Guard Auxiliary: Boating Course leading to Oregon Boater Education Card, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., River Road Recreation Center. Fee: $5. Registration: 688-4052.

Gear

WEDNESDAY

UO Outdoor Program: Annual "Spring Equipment Swap" features a potpourri of outdoor gear at garage sale prices, 7:30 p.m., EMU Ballroom on the UO campus. Details: 346-4365.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Larry Dunlap will lead a Ridgeline Trail maintenance outing. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

THURSDAY

The Obsidians: Marc Hansen will lead a 4.5-mile hike at Mount Pisgah. Details, sign-up at the Eugene YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

FRIDAY

The Obsidians: Jane Hackett and Janet Jacobsen will lead a 3.3-mile hike to Moon, Spirit and Parker falls. Details, sign-up at the Eugene YMCA.

SATURDAY

Altair Sports Club: Alex Vonderhaar - 6-mile Fall Creek hike. Details, RSVP: 465-1009. Walt Jacobsen - 4-mile walk on Valley River Bike Path. RSVP: 343-7893.

The Obsidians: Allan Coons - 11-mile hike to Castle Rock; Gary Kirk - 6-mile Old Baldy/Coburg Hills hike; Joanee Ledet - 6-mile hike on Brice Creek Trail; and Margot Fetz - 4-mile hike at Willow Creek Preserve with The Nature Conservancy's Matt Benotcsh. Details, sign-up at the Eugene YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: David McClurg - 5-mile Little North Santiam River hike; Barbara Revere - 4.2-mile hike to Tamolitch Pool. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

MONDAY

The Obsidians: Rick Ahrens - evening wildlife walk at Fern Ridge. Details, sign-up at the Eugene YMCA.

Nature

FRIDAY

Eugene Natural History Society: David Wagner on "The Sex Life of Plants," 7:30 p.m., 100 Willamette Hall, University of Oregon.

Native Forest Council: "Forever Wild 2006," by photographer/folksinger Walkin' Jim Stoltz, 7:30 p.m., 180 PLC, University of Oregon. Details: 688-2600.

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Susan Morasci will lead a spring wildflower walk, 10 a.m., Arboretum Visitor Center. Donation. Details: 747-1504.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Gardening with Nature course taught by Evelyn Hess, 1 p.m. at the Arboretum's White Oak Pavilion. Fee, registration details: 747-1504.

MONDAY

Native Plant Society of Oregon: Bitty Roy and Michael Wherley on botanical treasures in the Grand Canyon, 7:30 p.m., Room 115, Science Building, Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene.

Paddle sports

SUNDAY

Oregon River Sports: "Demo Day" offers free test paddles of various kayak and canoe models, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mill Pond in Alton Baker Park. Details: 334-0696.
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