Volunteers desperately needed for annual Rogue River cleanup

The Rogue Guides & Sportsman's Association will hold its annual cleanup of the upper Rogue River on Aug. 4, a Saturday, and volunteers are needed.

Organizers say they desperately need volunteers with driftboats to row sections of the upper Rogue and collect trash from the river and its banks. Other volunteers are needed to ride along with the oarsman.

Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the Shady Cove Boat Ramp to collect garbage bags and their assignments.

Volunteers scuba divers will also take part, and the Shady Cove Booster Club is also volunteering.

A raffle and catered lunch will be available for participants upon completion.

The association holds this cleanup on the first Saturday after July 31 — the traditional end of the upper Rogue's spring chinook salmon-fishing season.

However, a poor return of wild adult spring chinook triggered a closure of most of the upper Rogue to all chinook angling June 5. However, waters upstream of the Rogue Elk Park Boat Ramp remains open this month for hatchery spring chinook, but all wild chinook must be released unharmed.

Volunteers should telephone Ray Downing at (541) 890-2618 , Rob Nelson at (541) 951-2673 , or Jim Pringle at (541) 535-3509.

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