Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Facts

On 21 August 2017, and at 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time, what would otherwise be an ordinary Monday morning in Oregon will transform into a global spectacle. On that morning, thousands will witness a total or entire solar eclipse, and one of its kind in the last four decades. While for …

Pacific Herring (Clupea Pallasi)

A coastal schooling species, Pacific herring is an important component in a food chain of North Pacific, playing a crucial role in the ecological balance of North Pacific. Obviously, Pacific herring is important to the survival of other species such as sea mammals, fish, and seabirds. Fishing of Pacific herring is strictly controlled because its numbers …

Oregon Mushroom Picking Regulations

It is wild mushroom picking season in Oregon but before heading out to forage, take a moment to learn some nitty-gritty details that will make the experience more enjoyable. You don’t need a permit to harvest, transport or process less than a gallon of mushrooms if you collect them on lands …

Wild Edible Mushroom Season in Oregon

There are about 10,000 fungal species from all of North America that have been identified and described. Roughly 10 to 20% of the mushroom species are edible, 5% have medicinal properties, 20% can make you sick, and about 1% are known as deadly.  Before heading out to hunt, take a moment to …

Pristine Buck Lake – Mt. Hood National Forest

A 70-mile drive from downtown Portland, Pristine Buck Lake sits at 4,080’, hidden perfectly between the stunning Mount Hood National Forest. If you are on the lookout for the perfect afternoon swim destination, then Buck Lake is the place for you! Easily accessible from Portland, the lake’s parking area is along …

Scout Lake – Deschutes National Forest

If you are looking for an idyllic lake for swimming in Central Oregon, there really is no better option than the scenic Scout Lake located in the Deschutes National Forest. Nestled in a mixed conifer forest, Scout Lake sits 3,700 feet high with a picturesque view of the shoreline. The …

Emigrant Lake County Park – Southern Oregon

Among Jackson County Park’s most popular destinations, Emigrant Lake is a reservoir located roughly five miles southeast of Ashland offering a multitude of activities for the entire family to enjoy. Featuring an immense recreational area, Emigrant Lake offers locals an opportunity to enjoy and relax without having to travel too …

Loon Lake – Oregon Coast Range

Named after aquatic birds found in its waters, Loon Lake is an immensely popular recreational site not far from the town of Reedsport, Oregon. Surrounded by Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, and Western Hemlock, Loon Lake has the distinction of being among the finest campsites along the coast. Formed about 1,400 …

Three Pools – Opal Creek Wilderness

The really amazing destination on this list of summer water fun is Three Pools along the Little North Santiam River, known for the excellent swimming and cliff jumping (up to 16 feet/ 5 m in height) opportunities. This trifecta of aquamarine pools along a beautiful pebbled beach perfect for hours of …