by: PEGGY SAVAGE - A young anglar has a fish on at a beautiful fishing spot at the Cedar Grove Reacreation Site in the Molalla River CorridorMolalla is heading in some new directions.

Tourism opportunities are bringing dollars into our local economy and revitalizing our community. Clackamas County Department of Tourism has been a partner in promoting local tourism opportunities and would like public participation in helping to expand tourism in the Molalla area.

“We want to get the business community to understand these tourist opportunities can bring money into the town,” said Fran Taylor. “Visitors to the community benefit local businesses such as restaurants, stores, shops and gas stations. People are coming to the corridor to recreate and we would like the community to see the benefits of tourism development.”

Just drive up the Molalla River Recreation Corridor to see the two new campgrounds that the Salem District Bureau of land Management has built. Drop a line in the water and check out the kayakers floating the wild Molalla river.

Watch the bicyclists riding up the Molalla Forest Road. From one of the several trailheads in the recreation corridor, you might see mountain bikers or equestrians heading out for a ride.

by: PEGGY SAVAGE - Swimmers jump from Big Bear Rock on the Molalla River Corridor, a popular spot for tourists on hot summer daysIn the Table Rock Wilderness Area at the headwaters of the Molalla River, visitors hike in the summer and snowshoe in the winter. On your way back into Molalla, stop for a stroll along Bear Creek at Ivor Davies park. Remember to visit Clark park on July 19 and 20 for some tasty championship barbecue and the newest tourist attraction, the custom car show at the Wildriver BBQ and Cruise In. The Oregon Farm Loop and winery tours draw more tourists to the Molalla area each year. And of course, there is always the Buckeroo events.

The county is offering three different grant programs to enhance tourism in local communities. by: PEGGY SAVAGE - One of many beautiful camp spots at the Cedar Grove Recreation Site in the Molalla River Corridor The county tourism staff will be at the Moalla Community planning Organization meeting at 7 p.m. on April 23. The meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Molalla Public Library. Business owners and community members are encouraged to attend the informative meeting to learn more about how to access these grant dollars and to offer their suggestions for expanding local recreational and tourism opportunities.

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