St. Helens promoting access to Salmonberry Lake for holiday weekend
Fishing allowed with permits, but no camping at lake
The city of St. Helens announced Friday, May 16, it will open both the lower and upper gates to its Salmonberry Lake watershed property over the Memorial Day weekend in order to provide veterans and the disabled with convenient access to the lake.
The lower gate will be opened from Saturday, May 24, until Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., allowing vehicle access to the lake.
Fishing is allowed at Salmonberry Lake if the proper state permits have been obtained.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked the lake with 3,000 fish within the past month, according to department officials.
They're legal-sized rainbow trout, said Jessica Sall, an ODFW spokeswoman, of the new fish.
Alcohol, fires and overnight camping are not allowed at Salmonberry Lake even while the gates are open.
Although Salmonberry Lake is well outside city limits about 7 miles up Pittsburg Road west of Highway 30 the watershed property is owned and maintained by the city.
The city requires that people obtain an entry permit to access the property. Daily permits are available at the upper gate, while annual permits can be obtained at St. Helens City Hall.Add a comment