News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

No fees Saturday at Fishermen’s Bend

Saturday, Sept. 23, is “national public lands day” and the Bureau of Land Management is waiving its normal day-use fee for Fishermen’s Bend and other recreational facilities in the Pacific Northwest.

This is the 30th national public lands day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. To recognize 30 years of care and community and increase recreation access to public land, BLM leaders invite people to explore America’s unique and diverse natural landscapes and visitor facilities.

“National Public Lands Day serves as a connection between people and public lands,” said Barry Bushue, BLM’s Oregon and Washington state director “Whether it’s your first time on public lands or your hundredth, we invite everyone to get outside and enjoy these national treasures across Oregon and Washington.” 

Fishermen’s Bend, just east of Lyons and Mehama is the lone BLM site that is open in the Santiam Canyon. Visitors should be aware that only limited day-use facilities are available at Fishermen’s Bend, including its boat ramp as well as picnicking and hiking. The campground remains closed as the BLM continues restoration work from the 2020 wildfires.

BLM officials also are working to restore the Elkhorn Valley and Canyon Creek sites in the North Fork area but no dates have been set for their reopening. 

Those wishing to volunteer at a BLM facility should go to

The remaining fee-free day in 2023 will be Nov, 11 in celebration of Veterans Day. Fee-free days occur each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Juneteenth National Independence Day, Great American Outdoors Day, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day.

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