“The fish people do an incredible job maintaining fish runs.”
“We avoid state lands because they outlawed clearcuts and elk like clearcut habitat. We go to Willamette Industries.”
A few people related how urbanites have long standing ties with landowners for hunting on their property. One man had a 7-year relationship with a family in Portland. Often these are reciprocal relations—the urbanites typically invite the landowner for meals during the course of a stay.
Detroit Lake is a favorite spot for local people in the summer. Last year’s low water levels reduced the use of this area by local residents. Silver Falls is used for special events, such as family reunions and birthday parties. Wineries in the area are visited.
“My boys have been into boating all their lives, and they are now in their late ‘50s.”
RV users did not report patterns of local use:
“Once you get a motor home, you don’t want to go around here, you want to go farther. A lot of my friends prefer Diamond Lake and eastern Oregon, or to the coast.”
“Many of my customers praise Forest Service policies. The forest is pristine and the parks are clean and well organized. I like how they are diligent in creating trails. Most of my customers never leave their campsites, although they will fish near their camp site.” [Owner of an RV outlet]
Snowmobilers like the Detroit Lake area and Hoodoo, although most reported that local areas are not as preferred as the Bend area or eastern Oregon. Not only is the snow better in the areas to the east, but the trails and facilities are better.
“Eastern Oregon is more popular for snowmobiling because they have established trails there.”
A JKA Report