Hyatt Lake Rec Area to open for Memorial Day weekend

Federal land managers plan to open the Hyatt Lake Recreation Area's campground complex at the High Cascades lake May 26, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Bureau of Land Management facilities off Highway 66 near the Greensprings have been unlocked and usable since mid-April, and the boat launch is usable, but bathroom and other facilities are not up and running.

BLM often waits until just before the start of the unofficial camping season to open this popular facility.

"It's not terribly late, but it's not outside the norm," BLM spokesman Jim Whittington said. 

The recreation area offers a developed campground with hookups, primitive camping, two group camping areas, a group day use-shelter, bathrooms, showers and a trailer dump station. It also sports a fish-cleaning station, playground and equestrian campsites.

Campsites can be reserved for up to six months in advance through www.recreation.gov. For horse camp reservations, call Kathryn Lloyd, BLM Medford District outdoor recreation planner, at 541-618-2281.

The main campground is slated to remain open through Sept. 4, the end of Labor Day weekend. Wildcat Camground will close Oct. 1.

While the recreation area will be in full swing, Hyatt Lake will be the only Southern Oregon reservoir not full or near full.

The Bureau of Reclamation is keeping the reservoir slightly less than two-thirds full while contractors do some seismic retrofitting to strengthen Hyatt Dam, which creates the reservoir.

Fishing event slated for Grants Pass pond

The only state-sponsored family fishing event scheduled for the Rogue Valley this year will be Sunday at Reinhart Park Pond in Grants Pass.

The event, sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it is designed to make learning how to fish as easy and effective as possible for newbie anglers of all ages.

The pond is stocked with rainbow trout, including 100 trout in the 12- to 14-inch range. ODFW also will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait, while volunteers from the Crater Bass Club will help with everything from baiting hooks and casting rods to cleaning fish.

Kids 11 and younger can fish for free, while those 12 and older need an Oregon angling license to fish. A Youth License for 12- to 17-year-olds costs $10 and is good for hunting, fishing and shell-fishing.

Licenses will not be for sale at the event. All state fishing regulations will apply.

To get there, take Interstate 5 to Exit 55, travel 2 miles on the Grants Pass Parkway and turn right onto SE M Street, which turns into SW Bridge Street. Turn left onto Lincoln Road, then go left onto Webster Road to enter the park.

— Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtfribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

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