Joseph Stewart State Park, located along the shores of Lost Creek Lake, will host an overnight guided camping excursion June 19-21 to help Oregonians try camping without first having to invest in the equipment and learn the ins and outs of sleeping under the stars.
Sponsored by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the "Let's Go Camping" program is being held at 19 state campgrounds throughout the summer, with Stewart State Park tapped for the Father's Day weekend.
For $30 per family, state parks officials provide tents, sleeping bags and other gear for a night of camping. Volunteers will be on hand to help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals and more.
Other activities available to weekend program campers include ranger-led hikes, owl prowls, bat chats and even help making the perfect s'more.
The full list of Let's Go Camping events for the summer can be found at oregonstateparks.org. Click on the "Things to Do" icon.
Register for a spot in the camping programs online or by calling 1-888-953-7677.
Controlled-hunt lottery coming
Oregon's big-game hunters who applied for controlled tags for the upcoming seasons will learn by June 20 whether they were successful in garnering tags.
On Friday, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set the number of controlled hunt big-game tags for this fall’s hunting seasons at 137,015, paving the way for the random computer-drawing among those who applied for the tags earlier this year.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that results from the annual drawing will be posted on the agency's website no later than June 20, but results often are posted earlier than the deadline.
Hunters also will be notified by mail on how their applications fared.
Salmon nets derby winner $1,000
A salmon angler from Weed, Calif., won the $1,000 top prize in the second annual Salmon Fever fishing tournament sponsored by the Shady Cove Chamber of Commerce.
Time Pearce's Rogue River spring chinook salmon measured 18 pounds, 4 ounces when cleaned and gilled, topping the 55 participants in the derby.
Second place when to Shady Cove's own Kevin Anderson, who netted $500 for his chinook weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce.
The $250 prize for third place when to Ray Ingraham of Klamath Falls, whose Rogue springer weighed 16 pounds, 1 ounce. That was one ounce heavier than the chinook caught by fourth place finished Roy Arnspiger of Eagle Point, who earned $125 for his catch.
The derby was for prepaid participants who fished Saturday on the Rogue between the Hatchery Hole and Takelma Park. It took place during Free Fishing Weekend.
Craterian to screen bowhunting film
The Full Draw Film Tour comes to the Craterian Theatre Saturday, June 20, with a bowhunting adventure film billed as an inspiration to archery hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts.
The doors open at 6 p.m., with the film showing at 7 p.m.
Tickets cost $14 and are available online at www.fulldrawfilmtour.com and www.craterian.org, or at Southern Oregon Archery in Central Point.