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

No Fishermen’s Bend day-use fee on Saturday

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Bureau of Land Management is waiving its normal day-use fee for Fishermen’s Bend and other recreational facilities in the Pacific Northwest in honor of Veterans Day.

“Veterans contribute valuable expertise in caring for our cherished public lands,” Barry Bushue, BLM director in Oregon and Washington, said in a news release. “I’m thrilled we honor and celebrate veterans across the nation with a fee-free day for all.”

This marks the last of BLM’s fee-free days of 2023.

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

Fee-free days at BLM sites 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.

Fee-Free Day

BLM will waive day-use fees at recreational facilities on Nov. 11.

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