Partnership between Willamette National Forest and U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Benefits Fish Lake Site

Release Date: Aug 3, 2017  

Contact(s): Stefanie Gatchell, 541-367-3962

(Springfield, OR) The Fish Lake Remount Depot served as the location for a two week training required by the Marine Reserves Engineer Services Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 23 stationed out of Springfield, known as “The Oregon Marines”.  Last year, 50 Marines from Battalion 23 completed much needed work on North Shore Road (Forest Service Road 5821) located on the Middle Fork Ranger District.

“This is the second year in a row that the Marine Reserves have been able to benefit the public by getting larger scale projects completed in a two week period for a lot less money,” stated Tracy Beck, Willamette National Forest Supervisor. “We appreciate this partnership and the hard work of the Marines, “continued Beck.

The 60 Oregon Marines installed two prefabricated buildings including a 20’x 40’ pavilion, a single vault toilet, and utilities to a future host RV site. They replaced sign/ and sign bases, repaired the viewing platform and constructed a canoe launch at the Fish Lake Interpretive day use site. This project was funded through a Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) grant.


The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

Oregon Marine Reserves finishing roofing on a pavilion they installed at Fish Lake