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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Worth a visit any time, even in winter

Written February 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

There’s no bad day to visit Thompson’s Mills, the state park east of Shedd. And if you’re new to the mid-valley, you owe yourself a trip there. As the only remaining water-powered mill in the state, the place shows off the ingenuity of the Oregon pioneers of 160 years ago.


Bowers Rock State Park: Promising signs

Written September 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It was time Friday for one of my occasional expeditions to Bowers Rock State Park, a big chunk of publicly owned land that now is getting renewed attention from the state parks department after decades of not much going on.


Paddlers’ access made easier

Written July 27th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

After years of planning, the beginnings of a better paddlers’ access at the Luckiamute State Natural Area were taking shape on Thursday. But a more permanent setup will take a little longer.


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.


New Year’s ride to Luckiamute park

Written January 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On my ride on New Year’s Day, I looked in on two parts of the Luckiamute state park north of Albany, got encouraging news at one place and, at another, became aware of the need for repairs.


Luckiamute access plan: Still afloat

Written August 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

A reader found a new sign at the Luckiamute state park in Polk County and feared it meant that the improved and much-delayed launch for paddle craft had sunk for good. As it happens, the paddlers’ access concept is stalled but still afloat.


Truax Island: Foreboding vibes

Written July 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Little has changed at Truax Island on the Willamette River since I last looked at the place a year ago, except that with its algae-choked water holes and abandoned gravel pits it looks even more foreboding than before.


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.


Bowers Rock: What’s behind HB 2034

Written January 19th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Oregon officials say they have no intention of condemning any land to provide public access to Bowers Rock State Park, but Rep. Andy Olson wants to make sure that if they do, they don’t take a farmer’s fields.


Here’s a target, but don’t shoot

Written August 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Today, a little tip for the sign makers in state government and anywhere else:  If you don’t want people to do any target shooting, don’t make the sign in the form of a target for them to shoot at. This one, in part of the Luckiamute State Natural Area in Polk County, proved irresistible to a vandal […]


 
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