Californians Add Value to Public Beach Argument

Surfer hops the fenceCan/should private landowners be able to restrict access to public land? This argument goes farther yet…


Something in the Water.

What is it about the water in this state?

Oregon Governor Tom McCall Catches a Fish

Oregon Governor Tom McCall on the N. Fork Umpqua photo taken by Dan Callaghan

“You and I shouldn’t claim we love Oregon more than anyone else, but that we love Oregon as much as anyone else.” –   Oregon Governor Tom McCall

Governor Earl Snell

Oregon Governor Earl Snell with two Steelhead on the Nehalem River in 1940

“(Oregon) is the greatest recreational and inspirational playground in America.”- Governor Earl Snell

We’re not Recreationsts, We are Oregonians.

Rogue River Mail Boat, Historic Photo

Rogue River Mail Boat’s started in 1895

Since we started Common Waters of Oregon in 2005, one of the political moves that is made every time privatizing or limiting public rivers comes before the state legislature, or the land board, or other committees is calling people who care about public waterways “recreationist”.

Those who would wish to take away or limit your ability travel Oregon rivers often minimize your rights by implying that your need is only recreational, not economic, not fundamental and that somehow their right and need is more legitimate.

Historic Photo of the Sternwheeler, The City of Salem

The City of Salem Sternwheeler, 1890

Whenever you’re at a public meeting and start hearing “recreationist” (or any form of you only being a fisherman, paddler, a rafter,  etc.) being tossed around, understand, someone is trying to paint river travel as unnecessary and frivolous. Don’t let them use that word.   Insist you’re just an Oregonian, representing the rights and concerns for all Oregonians.

Photo Crowded Steamboat  in 1910 on Coquille River

1910 on the Coquille River

Heads Up!

Oregon river rights are again being discussed in the legislature. I deeply appreciate the Oregon AG’s opinion on the matter (nav_brochure), but there are landowners who object to it (clinging to illegal deeds), and some resource users who don’t respect private land above the high water mark in the mark. Makes for a volatile mix.

Scott Richmond Talks About Western Rivers Conservancy On the John Day River

A Visit to the Murtha Ranch on the John Day River

Scott Richmond takes a trip to the John Day river in eastern Oregon and fishes on the Murtha Ranch. This property has been purchased by the Western Rivers Conservancy. Listen to the audio feature and learn why this is good news for fly anglers. (by Scott Richmond)

Click here for audio.

Permission by Scott Richmond 14NOV2010.

Scott Richmond is Westfly’s creator and Executive Director. He is the author of eight books on Oregon fly fishing, including Fishing Oregon’s Deschutes River (second edition).