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St. Helens promoting access to Salmonberry Lake for holiday weekend

Fishing allowed with permits, but no camping at lake


by: COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - A closed gate at the Salmonberry Lake watershed property, which is owned and maintained by the city of St. Helens. The city allows the lake to be used for recreation, and it is opening both the lower and upper gates for ease of access over the Memorial Day weekend.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.

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