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Annual DuneFest event starts Wednesday

The Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce's annual DuneFest will be held Wednesday through Sunday. Several thousand ATV enthusiasts are expected for five days of competition and exhibitions on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area near Reedsport. For details, call the chamber at 1-800-247-2155, or see: www.dunefest.com.

Introduction to sea kayaking clinic offered

The University of Oregon Outdoor Program will conduct an introductory sea kayak clinic this week in Eugene. The two-part clinic will introduce participants to the boats and other necessary equipment, navigation, packing and paddling skills, and safety issues. A pool session will provide an opportunity to practice rescue techniques. The first session, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Outdoor Program Barn at 18th and University streets, is free. The second session begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and requires a $20 fee ($15 for UO students). Details, pre-registration: 346-4365.

Springfield youth wins archery 'Triple Crown'

Springfield teenager Jesse Lawson recently wrapped up an Oregon Bow Hunters State Triple Crown by winning his division at the OBH State 3-D Championships held July 15-16 in Eugene. The Triple Crown is given to bow hunters who have the highest total score in their division of the OBH's three state tournaments. Lawson, 15, finished first in the Young Adult (age 15-17) Male Bowhunter Freestyle division at the 3-D championships, the state outdoor championships in June in Eugene and the state indoor championships in March in Canyonville.

Hotline offers access info for Weyerhaeuser lands

Recreational users planning a trip to Weyerhaeuser forestlands in Oregon are advised to call the company's statewide, toll-free telephone number before heading out to the woods, as many areas are closed to public access during the high fire-danger season. The Weyerhaeuser Hunter and Recreational Use Hotline number for Oregon is 1-888-741-5403. For Washington lands, the number is 1-866-636-6531. The 24-hour numbers are the primary information source for anyone hunting, fishing or hiking on Weyerhaeuser's 2.3 million acres of tree farms in Oregon and Washington.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout Stocking Report

Clear Lake: Scheduled to be stocked this week with 5,000 hatchery rainbow trout. Fishing should be very good.

Trail Bridge Reservoir: To be planted with 3,000 rainbow trout this week.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: The upper McKenzie River (Forest Glen boat landing to the head of Leaburg Lake) was heavily planted last week and should provide good fishing. Summer steelhead are available in the Santiam, McKenzie and Middle Fork Willamette Rivers; the total count over Willamete Falls so far is 18,217. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good on the Umpqua River; the fish are on the small side, so downsized tackle is working best. Sea-run cutthroat trout are in the lower Alsea River and the summer steelhead run is in full swing on the Siletz River. Many of the Siletz fish are in the upper river above Moonshine Park as numerous hatchery steelhead are being recycled at the park.

Lakes: Odell, East and Paulina, and Big Lava lakes should all be fair to good for trout and/or kokanee. At Wickiup Reservoir, kokanee and trout are beginning to concentrate in the channels, where the water is cooler. Angling for warmwater species should be good in coastal lakes and valley ponds.

Marine zone: The famed Buoy 10 season opens today at the mouth of the Columbia River, but warm water conditions and a low coho-run forecast dampen chances for success. Winchester Bay has been the top-producing port for ocean salmon this summer, with a catch rate of about 0.8 fish per rod, although Newport has heated up recently. More than 60 percent of the coho quota south of Cape Falcon remained as of July 23, the latest available tally. Tuna are available offshore; the distance anglers have to travel varies widely. All-depth Pacific halibut fishing will be open Aug. 4-6 between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain. Ocean crabbing continues to be good. All beaches north of Cape Perpetua are now closed to clamming because of high levels of domoic acid.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Now is a good time to go tide-pooling. Visit tide pools at low tide to see starfish, chitons, limpets, green anemone and several kinds of small crabs and fish. Rocky areas near Yachats are a good bet. If you need easy access, the Bureau of Land Management has provided a wheelchair accessible tide pool display at Yaquina Head, just north of Newport.

- 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

Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or e-mail: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Archery

SATURDAY

G.I. JOES: Jake Simms of Diamond Bow's pro staff will discuss tips and tactics in an "Archery 101" seminar, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., G.I. Joes, 1030 Greenacres Rd., Eugene.

Bicycling

WEDNESDAY

GEARS: 28- and 35-mile rides in the McKenzie View Drive area, 6 p.m., Alton Baker Park in Eugene.

SATURDAY

GEARS: 40-, 50- and 70-mile rides to Crow, Creswell and Cottage Grove, respectively. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 8:30 a.m., slower riders at 9 a.m.

SUNDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: 21-mile Pheiffer Vineyard ride, 10 a.m. Details, RSVP: Sam Houston, 684-0588.

GEARS: Annual Blackberry bRamble featuring century and metric century rides in the Wolf Creek/Poodle Creek area, plus a shorter "family ride." The 100-miler begins a 7 a.m., the 100-K ride at 8 a.m. and the family ride at 9 a.m. - all at Eugene Water and Electric Board headquarters, 500 E. Fourth Ave. Details: www.eugenegears.org.

REGISTERING

Umpqua Velo Club: Registration deadline is Aug. 9 for the 10th annual The Rim to Roseburg Century, a 102-mile cycling event on Aug. 19 that starts at the Rim of Crater Lake and ends at O.C. Brown Park in Dixonville, with 6,000 feet of elevation drop. Visit www.umpquavelo.com for details and registration, or call Dave Anderson (541) 496-4833.

Hiking/backpacking

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY

The Obsidians: Jim Fritz is scheduled to lead a 16-mile backpacking trip to Golden Lake. Details, signup at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATURDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Three- to four-mile walk on the Valley River Bike Path, Details, RSVP: Walt Jacobsen 343-7893.

The Obsidians: Stewart Hoeg - 4-mile Tidbits Mountain hike; Joanne Ledet - 8-mile Vivian Lake hike. Details, signup at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Oregon Natural Resources Council: Representatives of several conservation groups will lead a hike into an old-growth timber sale proposed by the Medford BLM in the Middle Cow Creek Watershed of the South Umpqua drainage. Carpools leave Eugene at 8:30 a.m. Call Chandra LeGue (541) 344-0675 to reserve a spot .

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Richard Romm - 10-mile Grizzly Peak hike. Details, signup at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

TUESDAY, Aug. 8

REI: Matt Moore and Carrie Dodge of Backpacker magazine's Get Out More Tour will present a program on trip planning, outdoor gear, trail fitness and backcountry cooking, among other topics, 7 p.m. at REI, 306 Lawrence St., Eugene.

Nature

SATURDAY

Nearby Nature: "Creepy Crawly Critter Safari," a family-paced nature hike for kids, 10 a.m. at the Park Host Residence in Alton Baker Park. Fee: $2 per person/$5 per family. Details, preregistration: 687-9699.
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