Helicopter operations on the Golden and W timber sale will be operating June 6 – August 1. Helicopter operations are expected to occur during the weekdays but could also take place during the weekend. Timber haul will only occur during the weekdays. Low-flying aircraft may be visible from Highway 126, North Bank Road, Frissell South Trailhead, McKenzie River Trailhead, Paradise Campground, and other sites in the McKenzie Bridge area. Contact the McKenzie River Ranger Station at (541) 822-3381 for any concerns or question you may have. View map of helicopter activities.
The Willamette National Forest encourages people recreating on the national forest to be aware of potential blue-green algae blooms on lakes and reservoirs as the weather warms. Not all algae in lakes and reservoirs is blue-green algae.
Cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, are not algae but a primitive single celled bacterium found naturally in fresh and saltwater. Under certain conditions, they multiply into a large visible mass called a "bloom." These blooms can be associated with toxins and can cause harm to humans and animals. Blooms on Detroit Lake typically happen in late May/early June and August.
Eugene Water & Electric Board, 541-685-7471
Carmen Diversion Reservoir and Forest Service Road 750 will continue be closed through April 11, 2023. During the closure, the reservoir will be drained to allow the Eugene Water & Electric Board to address sinkhole concerns. The closure is in place for public safety and to allow the work to be completed efficiently. The McKenzie River Trail and the Ice Cap Creek Day Use Area will remain open.
You've decided to take a trip to the Willamette National Forest. Do you know what roads and campgrounds are open? What the fire restrictions are? Below are links to help you prepare and "Know Before You Go".
Due to heavy machinery traffic and drilling equipment, the following area and road area is closed to all traffic (including vehicle, bike and pedestrian). See closure order for a detailed description and a map.
This regional order is in place to protect public health and safety, reduce the likelihood of wildfires and the loss of property, and to provide the public consistent public health and safety guidelines in the Pacific Northwest Region in alignment with similar State and local laws and regulations.