Out & About



Winter shelter to be rebuilt

COUGAR — The shelter at Marble Mountain Sno-Park, used by Mount St. Helens snowmobilers and cross-country skiers will be rebuilt, probably this summer.

“We’re hoping that before next winter we can have it rebuilt,” said Tom Mulder, manager of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

The shelter with a big wood stove was built about 20 years ago at the parking lot on Road 83, south of the volcano. On snowy winter weekends, the lot is usually jammed with snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

The structure burned to the ground April 9, and only the concrete foundation can be salvaged. Because the building collapsed, authorities haven’t been able to determine the cause of the fire, but Mulder said it was likely an accidental chimney fire.

Mulder said several groups have volunteered to help provide labor to rebuild the shelter, and the Forest Service should be able to provide the logs.

Free flycasting clinic slated

FAIRVIEW, Ore. — The ninth annual Stonefly Maidens’ free women’s casting clinic is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 11 at Blue Lake Park.

A free lunch will be provided.

To register, go online at www.stoneflymaidens.org.

To get to the park, take exit 14 off Interstate 84 eastbound and follow the signs.

Steelheaders seek local chapter

A meeting to organize a chapter of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders in Vancouver will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 16 at the Clark Public Utilities Electric Center, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way.

The association has 10 chapters and about 1,200 members in Oregon and Washington.

Chapters organize family fishing events, habitat improvement projects, river cleanups and other activities.

To RSVP the meeting, call Russell Bassett at 503-653-4176 or e-mail to office@anws.org.

Site features youth activities

A new website focusing on outdoor recreation activities for children ages 6 to 12 is online thanks to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The address is www.outdoorseekers.com. It shows more than 300 parks and events offering hiking, boating, camping, swimming, beach walks, tree climbing, wildlife observation, fishing and a chance to explore history and culture.

“Our goal is to get children to spend more time outdoors and to be more physically active,’’ said Amanda Rich, executive director of the Oregon Recreation and Park Association, a non-profit group of professional park and recreation providers.