New Molalla River recreation sites open May 15, and the hope is that with tourism grants now being offered, the Molalla community will follow the trail being set by groups whose efforts are beginning to draw more tourists to the corridor.

by: BILL TAYLOR - A campsite at Cedar Grove Recreation Site in the Molalla Corridor, with finished trails leading through the woods and down to beautiful fishing and swimming holes on the river.The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salem District will be opening two campgrounds along the Molalla River on May 15, 2014. These facilities first opened to the public last summer after nearly five years of collaborative work with stakeholders in the Molalla area.

Three Bears Recreation Site will be available for first-come, first-served tent camping between May 15 and Sept. 15. Situated on a scenic stretch of the river four miles south of Glen Avon Bridge, Three Bears will offer 15 campsites each equipped with a tent pad, metal fire ring, BBQ grill, and picnic table. The campground will also offer an on-site volunteer host, potable water, restrooms, and access to a beautiful cobble beach and swimming hole. A donation of $10 per night/per campsite will be requested. All funds will be directed towards maintenance and operation of the Molalla River Recreation Area.

Cedar Grove Recreation Site will be available for group overnight camping between May 15 and Sep.15. The site is in a picturesque grove of western red cedar at milepost 6 on the Molalla Forest Road. Amenities include potable water, restrooms, and 11 tent camping sites each equipped with a tent pad, metal fire ring, BBQ grill, and picnic table. The entire recreation site will be available through a permitted reservation system for groups of up to 40 people. A 10-day notice is required for a reservation. Permit fees are $5 per person. The total can range from $100 per night (for a group of 10) to $200 per night (for a group of 20). Interested parties should contact the Salem District Office at (503) 375-5646.

Starting in 2014, overnight camping at dispersed sites along the Molalla River between the Glen by: BILL TAYLOR - Danny Swor and two of his crew members joined  Bill Taylor in planting the Old Bridge site on Friday. Once the Bureau of Land Management created two new campgrounds. the Molalla River Watch turned its attention to restoring the riverside areas as the dispersed campsites were closed. The group secured a $15,000 DEQ grant to restore the campsite areas that have been degraded by decades of constant use and vandalism.  The project will restore native riparian vegetation at many of the campsites within the Molalla River.Avon Bridge and Middle Fork Road will no longer be allowed. These former campsites will be closed and rehabilitated to improve riparian conditions and water quality.

Development of these facilities is the central component of the Molalla River-Table Rock Recreation Area Management Plan released by the BLM in 2011. The Molalla River corridor receives 60,000 to 70,000 visitors each year.

For more information on the Molalla River Recreation Area, including directions and a map, go to

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.

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