• April storms improve 2022 Pacific NW water outlook, but drought remains

    Posted on in category Localtaggedcascades , Deschutes , Drought , Environment , Weather

    The region is technically still in drought, even with this rare April snow. Learn more here.

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Climatologists say rare April snow, along with rain sweeping across the Pacific Northwest this week could increase water supplies, slow snowmelt and lengthen the irrigation season.

    Impacts, however, will vary by region, and experts predict drought conditions will persist, the Capital Press reported.

    Washington state climatologist Nick Bond said irrigators will benefit from April storms, but it won’t be enough to end the eastern Washington drought.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in eastern Washington it would take 159% to 368% of normal precipitation levels over the next two months to end the…

  • ODFW: No spring Chinook season on Deschutes River this year due to continued poor returns

    Posted on in categories Fishing , LocaltaggedChinook , Deschutes , Fishing , ODFW
    There will no spring Chinook season on the Deschutes River in 2022 due to poor returns. Find out more here.

    By Lynn Ketchum/OSU

    But Hood River will have season due to better return

    THE DALLES, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided there will be no spring Chinook season on the Deschutes River for 2022 due to expected poor returns, but has set the following regulations for a spring Chinook fishery on the Hood River:

    Open for adult hatchery Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth to mainstem confluence with the East Fork, and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of…
  • 2022 Update on the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System, Central Oregon

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedDeschutes , National Forest , Permitting , Willamette

    Some popular trailheads will require special permits beginning June 15th. Find out all the details here.

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    NINETEEN of the most popular trailheads within the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests will require special permits for day use and overnight excursions and now have NEW daily quotas (listed below). Permits will now be required June 15th through October 15th instead of Memorial Day weekend through the last Friday in September. These special permits will be available online at recreation.gov starting Tuesday, April 5th 2022 at 7:00am. All the necessary information is listed below to frequently asked questions.

    WHEN ARE PERMITS REQUIRED?