Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Beaver Dam Rock Pit (aka Browns Camp Shooting Pit)

Starting on Friday, September 1,2017, the Beaver Dam Rock Pit is OPEN to all public use.

DISCLAIMER:  Even when open, the Beaver Dam Rock Pit may be closed at any time for industrial rock haul activity.  If there is any kind of equipment in the rock pit, it is closed to all public use.  Additionally, industrial rock operators do have the authority to ask folks to cease all target shooting / public use in order to open the pit for industrial rock haul activity.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hunting Season Road Restrictions

Forest Road Management Helps Deer & Elk Populations

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), partnering with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Tillamook Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA), will resume road restrictions this fall in the western part of the Tillamook State Forest.  These road restrictions are put in place to improve deer and elk escapement during hunting season.  The partnership has been in place 14 years now and the location of gates changes year to year based on access needs, stand conditions and operations.

Some roads will be closed to motorized use during the general archery and rifle hunting seasons in September, October and November. Selected roads in the Trask, Wilson and Nehalem River areas will be gated and signed. Controlled access during the three-month period is designed to reduce hunting pressure in these areas.

Hunters and other recreational users are welcome to access the gated areas by foot, mountain bike, horse or other non-motorized means.

Motorized access by ODF staff or contractors working in those areas may occur on occasion. Maps of the road management areas are posted on the "Hunting Season" tab of this blog and are also available at the Tillamook ODF office located at 5005 Third St., Tillamook.

If you have questions about the road management program, contact Gary Baker at the Tillamook ODF office, 503-842-2545, or Herman Biederbeck at the Tillamook ODFW office, 503-842-2741.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cochran Road Improvements

·      Starting the week of August 21st, road improvement and reconstruction work will be taking place on Cochran Road between Ingersol Road and Round Top Road.  See attached map showing the highlighted location.   Travelers on this segment of Cochran Road should expect periodic delays.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Gales Creek Trail

Updated 08.04.2017

The segment of the Gales Creek Trail between Cochran Road and the bridge by the water trough is now OPEN.

The Step Creek Trail is open.

The Storey Burn Trail between the Storey Burn Trailhead and the Gales Creek Trail junction remains closed due to timber sale activity.