Fishermen’s Bend Expands Day-Use Area

Posted on June 3, 2023

Salem, Ore. — On Friday, June 9, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will expand day-use opportunities at Fishermen’s Bend Recreation Site (https://www.blm.gov/visit/fishermens-bend). Visitors will be able to enjoy the River Loop Trail along the river and around the Cottonwoods Shelter and picnic sites with tables, parking, and barbecues.

BLM crews have been working hard to remove post-fire hazard trees and debris and make this latest phase of openings possible.

“We understand that Fishermen’s Bend is an important recreational area for both local residents and visitors,” said Amanda Hoffman, BLM Cascades Field Manager. “We’re excited to provide expanded access while continuing the hard work of rebuilding the site.”

The 2020 Labor Day Fires devastated Fishermen’s Bend Recreation Site. Last spring, the BLM opened Fishermen’s Bend day-use access to the river and boat ramp for the first time after the wildfires. The BLM has worked hard restoring amenities so visitors can enjoy more of this beloved recreation site. After June 9, visitors will have more trails, portable toilet facilities, and expanded river access along with seven picnic sites. However, visitors should be aware that the site still does not provide water or electric amenities.

Throughout the summer, day-use facilities will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. During the remainder of the year, varied open times will be posted. For public safety, the park remains closed outside the designated day-use facilities.

In April 2023, BLM officials implemented new and increased fees across the Northwest Oregon District. (See https://www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-announces-recreation-fee-changes-northwest-oregon) The BLM keeps 100% of the fees to support the local recreation program. With the expanded opening, these fees will be implemented at Fishermen’s Bend.

Day-use fees will be $5 for a passenger vehicle (up to nine passengers), $10 for a van (10-19 passengers), and $20 for a bus (over 20 passengers). Commercial use requires a special recreation permit (contact blm_or_srp@blm.gov).

Visitors can purchase a day or an annual pass on Recreation.gov (https://www.recreation.gov/activitypass/AP21399) or the Recreation.gov mobile application, on-site, or at the Northwest Oregon District Office in Salem. America the Beautiful or Golden Passports are valid in lieu of day use vehicle fees. The Cottonwoods Shelter is reservable at Recreation.gov (https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234074), while the picnic sites are available on a first come-first serve basis.

For questions and further information please call BLM Northwest Oregon District Office at 503-375-5646 or email at blm_or_no_mail@blm.gov.

 

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