The Columbia Drag Boat Association will once again be hosting a race event on Haystack Reservoir, located approximately 10 miles south of Madras, on the Crooked River National Grassland, with races taking place on Sept. 7 and 8.

Spectators may view the races, for a fee, from designated areas on the south and west shores. Pay parking for race spectators is being provided on private land near the south shore. Food vendors will be available on the west shore during the event.

Camping for the public will be available at the Forest Service campground (Haystack) on the east side of the reservoir. Camping fees at the campground are $13 per night; day-use fees are $5 per day.

Watercraft are not allowed on the reservoir during the event. All boat launches on the reservoir will be closed for public use on Saturday and Sunday. The west and east shore boat launches will be available until 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, and then available again after 6 a.m. Monday morning, Sept. 9.

West Shore Campground and South Shore Group Site, as well as the North Fishing Pier Day-Use Area will be closed from 12 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.

For more information about the drag boat races at Haystack Reservoir, contact the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at 541-389-6541. For information about recreation activities at Haystack Reservoir, contact the Crooked River National Grassland Office at 541-475-9272.

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