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Paddlers’ access: A change in plans

Written February 18th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

For more than five years, Oregon state park officials have wrestled with plans to install a floating dock and ramp on the Luckiamute River, so that launching and retrieving canoes and kayaks would be less of a chore. Now they’ve given up and changed the plans to something less complicated and easier to achieve.


Canoe launch: Still no progress

Written June 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As you can see, there’s plenty of water in the Luckiamute River, so this spring would be a great time to float down this little stream — or paddle up it — in a kayak or canoe. It would be, that is, if the state parks department had built the paddlers’ access point that has been planned for […]


Luckiamute launch: Too complicated?

Written May 20th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On Sunday I speculated that this summer might be the time that river boaters would finally be able to use the promised “paddle access” at Luckiamute State Park. But no, construction of this launch site on the Luckiamute River is still being delayed, and it seems to me the fault lies with making this project […]


Paddle access? Yes, but it’s not easy

Written May 17th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The state parks department has been planning for years to build a paddlers’ access on the Luckiamute River in Polk County, and maybe this is the year it finally gets done. In the meantime, though, boaters do have a way to get their small craft in the water, as the video shows.


Luckiamute paddlers face longer wait

Written October 9th, 2013 by

If you’ve been waiting to use the long-planned paddlers’ access on the Luckiamute River, you’re in for a disappointment. It was supposed to be built this year, but it hasn’t happened, even though the signs are in place on Buena Vista Road and the parking lot and restroom have long been finished. The access point to […]


Paddlers’ access? Not yet!

Written June 8th, 2013 by

At the mid-valley’s newest state park, the sign on Buena Vista Road promises access by paddlers to the Luckiamute River. There’s a long driveway, some parking spots and even a restroom, but as for access to the river? Not quite. In May 2012, when I still worked for the Albany paper and occasionally kept an […]


 
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