What and how to know before you go — fishing, that is

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Boat-builder Kerry Elwood at 2014 launch party at Detroit Lake for the hand-crafted Water Woody houseboat.

Consider this your one-stop online shopping site for outdoor recreational buzz-kills.

Or not, depending on what you find there.

Chin-up, happy campers.

While I think of myself as an upbeat, glass-half-full kind of person, one can’t be too careful given the current state of the world.

This is why, in addition to the weather forecast Portland, OR (weather.gov), road conditions and closures Road & Weather Conditions Map | TripCheck – Oregon Traveler Information and fires NWCC : Home (nifc.gov) there is one other site that you should look into before heading out.

The Oregon Health Authority offers a buffet of links for potential hazards and closures that is a must-visit for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, particularly if you’re going to be making a long drive to get to where you want to go.

Check it out at Oregon Health Authority : Recreational Advisories : Public Health News and Advisories : State of Oregon

As an example of the benefits of knowing before you go, remember the infamous Salem drinking-water ban in May 2018 caused by a toxic algae bloom at Detroit Lake?

There’s a link on the OHA page to algae-bloom advisories statewide.

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