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Byline: The Register-Guard

Snow outings and classes offered by Outdoor Program

The city of Eugene's River House Outdoor Recreation Program is offering several opportunities to take advantage of this year's early snow season. A beginning cross-country ski lesson series that includes two full days and two evenings of instruction begins Wednesday. Evening classroom sessions are Dec. 6 and 13 and on-snow trips are Dec. 9 and 16. The $65 fee includes transportation and trail passes.

On Saturday, skiers and snowboarders are invited to "Hop on the Bus" for a trip to Willamette Pass. Cost is $10 and the bus leaves the River House, 201 N. Adams St., Eugene, at 7 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. Youths must be able to travel unsupervised. Meanwhile, there is a waiting list for a beginning snowshoe class Dec. 13 (pre-trip meeting) and Dec. 16. Openings are available for a second snowshoe class session Jan. 10-13. The cost is $40. Registration details for River House programs are available by calling 682-5329 or going to www.eugene-or.gov/rec.

Winter Workshop for women focuses on snowshoeing

The Eugene REI store and the makers of Atlas snowshoes have teamed up to offer a free winter workshop for women. The event will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at REI, 306 Lawrence St., Eugene. In addition to learning "everything you need to know to snowshoe with confidence," participants will receive a goodie bag, special offers and the chance to win valuable gear.

Steamboat Inn ranked among top fishing lodges

When most people think of fishing lodges, they envision them in places like Alaska, Canada, Florida and Mexico. But one of the top 10 fishing lodges on the continent is on Oregon's North Umpqua River, according to Field & Stream magazine. In an article titled, "North America's 25 Best Fishing Lodges," the December-January issue ranks the Steamboat Inn at No. 6.

The Steamboat Inn was cited for its summer steelhead fishing, gourmet cuisine, gracious hospitality of innkeepers Jim and Sharon Van Loan and for its location alongside a river described as "flowing water turned to fine art; it's that pretty." Plummer's Arctic Lodges in the Northwest Territories was Field & Stream's No. 1 lodge, followed by Weatherby's and Wheaton's in Maine, Bristol Bay Lodge in Alaska, Casa Blanca in the Yucatan, Mexico, and Anglers Inn on El Santo Lake, Mexico. Idaho's Henry's Fork Lodge was ranked No. 8.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Oregon angling highlights

Rivers and streams: The Elk and Sixes rivers have been producing good catches of fall chinook when they are in fishable shape. The salmon have been averaging about 25 pounds, but there is one report of a 50-pounder being taken. Sturgeon are available on the Umpqua River near Reedsport. Chinook are distributed throughout the Siuslaw, Alsea and Siletz rivers, but many are dark and should be released to spawn.

Lakes: Trollers targeting wild coho in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes are still getting fair numbers of fish. Detroit and Dexter are among the flood-control reservoirs in the southern Willamette Basin that offer good prospects for holdover trout.

Marine zone: The ocean opened for sport and commercial crabbing last Friday, and plenty of meaty crabs should be available when ocean conditions are favorable. Bay crabbing should be fair to good between high-water events. The entire Oregon coast is open for the harvest of razor clams.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Severe winter storms sometimes create good viewing opportunities for unusual birds that get pushed out of their normal range. Watch the coast for northern fulmars and sooty shearwaters and look for wayward marine birds such as petrels and phalaropes at inland lakes and reservoirs. Uncommon shorebirds such as black turnstones can be seen on jetties and rocky shores between Tillamook and Waldport.

Hunting

Timely tips: There's still an opportunity to bag a wild turkey for Christmas dinner. About 800 of the 3,000 general fall season turkey tags available this year remain unsold, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife upland game bird program officials. The fall turkey season, for either sex, ends Dec. 31.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updates available at www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

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

Bicycling

SATURDAY

GEARS: The Eugene road-biking club plans 20- and 35-mile rides in the Bailey Hill/Lorane area. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30. Route details: www.eugenegears.org.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 50-mile ride in the McKenzie View Drive-Walterville area. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30.

Boating

SATURDAY

G.I. Joe's: Marine Board certified instructor Dave Rasmussen will conduct a day-long Oregon boater certification class, 9 a.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Greenacres Rd., Eugene. Fee: $15.

Clinics

SATURDAY

G.I. Joes: The use of hand-held and automobile GPS units will be the subject of a clinic by Mike Ullock, a Magellan factory representative, noon, G.I. Joe's, 1030 Greenacres Rd., Eugene.

Fishing

WEDNESDAY

Northwest Steelheaders Associaiton: Fishing guide Ken Coombs will discuss winter steelhead tips and tactics, 7 p.m., Eagles lodge, 1375 Irving Rd., Eugene.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Lana Lindstrom will lead an eight-mile Mount Pisgah hike. Details, sign-up sheet at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

SATURDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Four-mile Shore Acres hike near Charleston, leave Eugene at 8:30 a.m. Details, RSVP: 345-6229.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Chris Stockdale - Eight-mile Elijah Bristow State Park hike; Becky Lipton - 6 1/2 -mile hike from Threemile Lake to Tahkenitch State Park. Details, sign-up sheets at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

Knife show

SATURDAY

Oregon Knife Collectors Association: Free one-day, 100-table "Mini-Show," 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lane Events Center at the fairgrounds in Eugene.

Nature

FRIDAY

Eugene Natural History Society: Dan Gleason will speak on "Winter Birds," 7:30 p.m., Room 100, Willamette Hall, University of Oregon.

SATURDAY

Nearby Nature: "Snug As A Bug" nature quest focusing on how critters survive winter; includes a family-paced hike and making of a beeswax candle to take home. Meet outside the Park Host Residence in Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m. Cost: $2/person or $5/family. Pre-registration: 687-9699.

MONDAY

Native Plant Society: Holiday social: bring snack foods and 10 favorite slides to show to others who share in an interest in native flora, 7:30 p.m., EWEB Training Room, 500 East Fourth Ave., Eugene. Details: 345-5531.

Paddle sports

TODAY

Cascade Canoe Club: Slide presentation on Clear Lake, its underwater forest, and other Cascade Lakes, 7 p.m., Room 202, South Eugene High School.

Snow sports

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Laurie Funkhouser will lead a four-mile cross-country ski outing to Gold Lake. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

Walking

WEDNEDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Five-mile Hendricks Park walk, 9:30 a.m. Details, RSVP: 726-8154.

FRIDAY

Altair: Five-mile Hendricks Park walk, 9:30 a.m. Details, RSVP: 726-8154.

SATURDAY

Altair: Four-mile Valley River Bike Path walk, 9:30 a.m. Details, RSVP: 343-7893.

SUNDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Albany for a 6.2-mile walk past decorated historic homes, with an opportunity to tour some homes, 1 p.m., Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., Springfield.

TUESDAY, Dec. 12

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: 6.2-mile walk in Alton Baker Park; meet at Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., Springfield, at 8:30 a.m. or at the LaQuinta Inn, 155 Day Island Road, Eugene, at 8:45 a.m. Details: 747-6470.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Severe winter storms sometimes create good viewing opportunities for unusual birds that get pushed out of their normal range. After coastal storms, watch the coast for northern fulmars and sooty shearwaters and look for wayward marine birds such as petrels and phalaropes at inland lakes and reservoirs. Uncommon shorebirds such as black turnstones from the Aleutian Islands can be seen on jetties and rocky shores between Tillamook and Waldport. Occasionally a few emperor geese are seen in the valley grass seed fields.
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