Recreational opportunities continue at reservoir

Despite the temporary closure of Promontory Park marina and store, North Fork Reservoir is open for recreational activity.

A boat ramp that is being improved this spring will allow boaters access to the reservoir, though parking is limited. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will continue to stock the reservoir and other lakes with trout.

The Promontory Park Campground as well as campgrounds at Timothy Lake and Lake Harriet will open Wednesday, May 23.

Information on reservations and other recreational opportunities is available at

The Promontory Park marina and store will be closed through 2015 due to construction of a large surface collector.

The project is required by PGE’s recently renewed license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to continue to operate the West Side Hydro Projects.

During an Estacada Chamber of Commerce event in October, PGE Biologist Tim Shibahara compared the surface collector to a “very large barge, as large as City Hall.”

When completed, the structure will float on North Fork Reservoir.

The surface collector will funnel in juvenile fish and pipe them below the dam, similar to the surface collector on River Mill Dam.

The intent is to allow fish to pass safely through the system of hydro projects.

Shibahara said this is the most significant project that PGE is expected to complete for its re-licensing agreement in terms of both finances and fish passage.

The Fourth WILL go on!

Estacada Area Community Events has secured Timber Park as the site of the 2014 Estacada Fourth of July and Timber Festival noon to midnight Friday, July 4.

For more information visit

Deadline approaching to purchase veterans bricks

Veterans bricks must be purchased by Wednesday, April 30, to be installed in the Estacada Veterans Memorial in time for Memorial Day.

To purchase a brick, pick up a form at Estacada True Value Hardware or download the form from the Estacada Area Support Our Troops Foundation website at

Bricks cost $50. After Memorial Day, the cost will rise to $60.

Cultural Coalition has vacancies

The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition invites people with interest and experience in local arts, heritage, humanities, tourism and related business to apply for membership.

Members serve three year terms and meet quarterly.

Applications are available at Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

Free art classes offered at Milo McIver State Park

Local artists will teach free art classes for all ages and skill levels in Milo McIver State Park in May.

An introduction to photography class will be taught from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3, in the Cedar Shelter. Bring your own camera. If you’ve got a user manual and a tripod, bring those too.

An introduction to painting class will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 10, in the Cedar Shelter. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own painting supplies, as only a limited amount of tools will be available at the class.

Learn about Native American Basketry and Wood Carving from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 17, in the Cedar Shelter.

For more information, call Mark at 503-887-3160 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Spiral Gallery will display pieces created during the Art in the Parks program inspired by Milo McIver State Park starting Saturday, June 7. For more information on submitting art for the display, call the gallery at 503-630-7273.

Literary Foundation offers scholarships

The Estacada Area Literary Foundation is offering a scholarship opportunity for those who have been accepted or are enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university and reside within the boundaries of the Estacada School District.

Applicants must submit a high school transcript and/or resume; proof of acceptance in a college, university or institute of higher education; two letters of recommendation and an essay describing how you plan to integrate the arts into your community after completing your education.

Applications with complete instructions may be picked up at the Book Nook or at the ASPIRE office in Estacada High School.

The applications must be returned to either location by 3 p.m. Monday, May 5.

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