Posted by: plreber | May 22, 2008

June 28th Ouzel Cleanup Float Trip!

Register early, space may be limited! Everyone must pre-register with Doug Garletts, please see his contact info below.

On Saturday morning, June 28th, the Coast Fork Willamette WATER OUZELS and the Coast Fork Council co-sponsor a clean up float that begins on the Row River at the East Regional Park boat launch (across the river from Killian’s market and next to the BMX bike ramps) and goes to Lynx Hollow State Park on the Coast Fork Willamette. Normally there is not a ton of trash, but plan for lots of stops with wildlife viewing opportunities and information about the river ecosystem and bring a picnic lunch, water and weather-appropriate clothing.

As always, we are encouraging SAFETY FIRST, so we hope to encourage participants to bring water craft that they are accustomed to navigating. There will be room in boats for people who do not have their own boats, if you sign up early. If you have a life jacket or other river gear, please plan to bring it and let us know.

Just sign up with Doug and plan to join us for a great day on the river!

Doug Garletts


work phone: 541-912-7820

From Doug:

The Willamette Water Ouzels and Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council invite you to become a dipper and float the Row and Coast Fork Willamette River from East Regional Park to Lynx Hollow Park, a distance of around 6 miles. The goals of this semiannual event are to HAVE FUN, SEE SOME WILDLIFE, MEET EACH OTHER, and REMOVE SOME TRASH FROM THE LOCAL ECOLOGICAL EQUATION. The kind folks at Oregon SOLV have provided all the cleanup supplies such as rubber gloves, trash bags, and antiseptic hand cleaner.

Participants should show up with lunch, sunscreen, drinking water, raingear-just in case, good river footwear (old sneakers work fine) that you can get wet, warm synthetic clothing such as fleece and long underwear, fishing gear, binoculars, cameras in waterproof cases, nature books, first aid, and anything else that you may want to have on board. This reach is gentle with a few small minor rapids (class 2-waves, miss the rocks), which can easily be portaged.

This is mostly a bring-your-own-boat event, so if you feel confident navigating in moving water and willing, bring along your own watercraft capable of navigating a low gradient, sometimes shallow moving water body, your life vests, and at least a whistle per boat. Canoes, catarafts, rafts, kayaks, and drift boats all apply. The plan is to meet at the East Lane Regional Park, by the unimproved boat ramp located near the BMX track and across the Row River from Killian’s Market on Row River Rd (see map-green dot, Begin Float) at 9 am, Saturday, June 28nd . This is just east of Cottage Grove. At the time of meeting we can run some vehicles to Lynx Hollow for the shuttle.

If interested in participating in this all-volunteer event, please call or email and leave your name, a number we can reach you with, the number of dippers in your party, gear status, and age of any children coming so we can get wet and be safe.

Questions and RSVP

Doug Garletts

541 912 7820 (wk cell)



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