Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Razor clam digging open Friday, Saturday at Long Beach

LONG BEACH — Razor clam digging will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Low tide will be -0.4 feet at 8:34 a.m. on Friday, -0.2 feet at 9:11 a.m. on Saturday and +0.1 feet at 9:49 a.m. on Sunday. No digging is allow after noon.

Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches also will be open.

Digging are limited to 15 razor clams per day and must keep the first 15 dug. Each diggers clams must be kept in a separate container.

Capt. Dan Brinson of the Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers have been citing diggers for setting aside small or broken clams.

Hiking book author to speak in Vancouver on April 29

Hiking guidebook author William L. Sullivan will be the guest speaker April 29 in Vancouver at the Sierra Club Loo Wit group celebration of Earth Day.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4505 E. 18th St.

Sullivan will share slides of his favorite hikes and have autographed copies of his latest guidebook, the fourth edition of “100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon.

Ridgefield refuge River S Unit closed on Tuesday for road work

RIDGEFIELD — The River S Unit of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will be closed Tuesday for road repairs and other maintenance.

The closure will allow heavy equipment to operate along the auto touring route repairing potholes and grading the road surface. The unit will reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Carty unit will be open Tuesday for public use.

Lost Lake Resort at Mount Hood changes ownership

HOOD RIVER — Popular Lost Lake Resort and campground in the Mount Hood National Forest has new owners and management.

Derek DeBorde and Jason Taylor, who both grew up in the Dee area, bought the resort and Forest Service concession permit last August.

Over the winter, four of the seven cabins have been restored. Restoration also has included many of the boats, including 20 of the original rowboats.

With Mount Hood looming in the background, Lost Lake is one of the most photographed bodies of water in the Northwest.

The resort will open for the season in late April or early May, depending on snow levels.

To make reservations, call 541-386-6366.

Youth fishing event Friday, Saturday at Klineline Pond

Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park is closed to public fishing until Sunday to accommodate the annual Klineline Kids event on Friday and Saturday.

Several thousand trout will be placed in netted areas along the shoreline of the pond to be available for catch by the registered participants.

The pond will stay closed on Saturday after the event while nets and other equipment are being removed.

Cormorant hazing scheduled at Oregon bays, river mouths

TILLAMOOK, Ore. — Volunteers and Oregon wildlife staff will haze cormorants in several coastal estuaries to keep them from feasting on young salmon making their way to the ocean.

Cormorants are large seabirds that spend the spring and summer living in estuaries. They consume up to 2 pounds of fish per day and have been identified as a significant threat to outbound salmon and steelhead.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will haze the birds during the next month and a half to disrupt their feeding patterns.

Volunteers will be hazing at the mouth of the Columbia, Nehalem, Nestucca and Coquille rivers plus in Tillamook and Alsea bays.

The effort will include driving at the birds in small boats and, occasionally, firing at them with small pyrotechnics.

Cormorants are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act so care must be taken to ensure the birds are not injured or killed.