Howard Prairie is ready for its first March fishing season in decades

Howard Prairie is ready for its first March fishing season in decades

ASHLAND — Howard Prairie Lake is more than half-full and ice-free. A new crop of rainbow trout are finning around the shallows, and the roads up the Dead Indian Plateau are free of snow.

For more than 30 years, these late-March conditions in the High Cascades typically get trout anglers anxious for opening day. This time, however, they are invitations to float your boat at Howard Prairie, and Jackson County Parks Manager Steve Lambert is doing his part to get the lake's...

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Dry-dock inspections set for next two weekends

Jackson County Sheriff's marine deputies over the next two weekends will hold their annual dry-dock inspections to give boaters the chance to have their powerboats and driftboats checked for the requisite safety gear and avoid interruptions on the water during the season.

The free inspections will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, and March 12-13, at the Jackson County Marine headquarters, 620 Antelope Road, White City. 

The inspections give fishing...

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Mandatory boat inspections resume Tuesday on I-5

Mandatory boat inspections resume Tuesday on I-5

ASHLAND — The first line of defense against environmental invaders such as zebra and quagga mussels starts up Tuesday when the state's boat-inspection station reopens near Ashland.

Any vehicle carrying a boat north on Interstate 5 at the port of entry station must stop for mandatory inspections for a variety of non-native plants and mussels known to damage ecosystems, out-compete native species and even clog water-intake systems in infested lakes elsewhere in the...

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Marine Board late on boater-renewal license notices

The director of the Oregon State Marine Board says he's taking responsibility for his agency's failure to mail boat-registration renewal notices to 80,000 boat owners until four weeks after their registrations lapsed.

The Marine Board historically mails its registration renewals to boat owners in November, but Marine Board Director Scott Brewen said printing glitches strung out the process until the agency's vendor was able to mail the notices last week.

Though registrations for.....

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Day Trippin': Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is a fall natural

Day Trippin': Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is a fall natural

Editor's Note: Day Trippin' is a recurring feature that gives readers a chance to play tour guide and tell us about a nearby getaway.

If you want to combine a nature outing with an upper body workout — or if you haven’t been in a canoe or kayak for months or years — you might consider taking to the 9.5-mile Upper Klamath Canoe Trail.

This is a good time of the year, with the leaves turning color, to make the 53-mile, 65-minute drive.....

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Running out: Talent Irrigation District will make it to mid-September, but other districts won't be so lucky

Running out: Talent Irrigation District will make it to mid-September, but other districts won't be so lucky

Aggressive draw-downs of three reservoirs east of Ashland should keep Talent Irrigation District lands wet with water deep into September before the reservoirs are reduced to puddles at or below last fall's drought-plagued levels.

Howard Prairie Lake, where water levels never once reached the docks at the resort this year, is down to 19 percent of full — already lower than it was last fall — while nearby Hyatt Lake is at 13 percent full and dropping, water records...

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Rogue jet boat tour company eyes TouVelle for permanent home

Rogue jet boat tour company eyes TouVelle for permanent home

CENTRAL POINT — A Central Point man has signed on to a one-year pilot project this summer to determine whether running a commercial jet boat operation out of TouVelle State Park for interpretive boat trips along the Rogue River is a good long-term fit for the park and the company.

Taylor Grimes, the manager of Rogue Jet Boat Adventures, on Monday signed an Oregon State Parks Department contract which, when signed by state parks officials, would allow him to operate out of a...

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