Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Chetco River Family Day May 12th

The Chetco River Watershed Council and the local Wild Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited are sponsoring: Family Day on the Chetco River. Come and enjoy a day at Loeb State Park on Saturday May 12th, 2012 starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. Free hot dogs and soda will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 as well as free drift boat trips for the entire family. Life vests are provided for the drift boat trips.

Drift boats on the Chetco River.  Chetco River Watershed Council Photo
This event will provide an opportunity to ask questions about the health of the Chetco River and learn about the aquatic ecosystem and water quality measurements from biologists. Heavy rain will cancel the event. For additional information call (541) 661-1820.

Ever wonder why native, naturally reproducing chinook salmon and steelhead trout populations in so many other watersheds are in trouble and why the Chetco's are in relatively good shape? But then why are Chetco River's coho salmon in trouble and named a core population in the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coho Salmon Recovery Plan?  Bring your questions about the Chetco River and join the Chetco River Watershed Council and Wild Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a family day on the beautiful Chetco River.

To get a glimpse of this amazing river here are some facts and great videos:
  • Swim with the Chetco River's salmon in Thomas Dunklin's amazing underwater video.  
  • Enjoy a virtual float of the river with Harvey Young, KSBC and the Chetco Watershed Council.  
  • Read about Slade Sapora's his epic 55 mile journey from the Chetco's headwaters, through the rugged Kalmiopsis Wilderness, and to the Pacific.  See some of his beautiful images of the trip.
  • Learn the facts about the Chetco River at Wikipedia.

Just one of the amazing places forming the wilderness headwaters of the Chetco River. Slade Sapora Photo.