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Roslyn Lake enters final hours

Get one last glimpse of Roslyn Lake now, because this time next week, the famed 95-year-old watering hole North of Sandy will be no more.

On Monday, May 5, Portland General Electric will shut off the flume that directs water from the Little Sandy Dam to the lake, as part of its scheduled decommissioning of the Bull Run Hydroelectric Project. With Roslyn's water source gone, PGE expects the lake to be drained by Friday, May 9.

'As it gets down to the last couple of days, it's a moment people are going to pause and think about,' John Essler, PGE Hydroelectric Project Manager, told The Post last month. '(But) nobody's looking back at this decision; it was the right decision to make.'

This week, PGE and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will attempt to remove the remaining fish from the lake before it is drained. Where possible, the agencies will relocate the fish to other waterbodies.

'We will transport the native species back to their natural home in the river,' said Todd Alsbury, ODFW District Fish biologist. 'We'll take the non-native species and any remaining hatchery trout to nearby lakes and ponds to give anglers another chance to catch them.'

The $17 million decommissioning of the almost century-old Bull Run Hydroelectric Project - which will allow the Sandy and the Little Sandy to flow unimpeded from Mount Hood to the Pacific Ocean and restore habitat for threatened fish and wildlife - spelled doom for the man-made lake. The removal of the Marmot and Little Sandy Dams upriver eliminated the need for Roslyn.

Roslyn Lake Park, one of the Sandy area's most popular attractions, closed Sept. 23.

Once the lake is emptied, PGE, which owns the lake, will restore the lakebed to its natural contours and remove the flume, a task that will keep crews busy throughout summer and into fall.