Since mrssusanschmidlin.wordpress.com is nearly out of data, the complete story can be found at SchmidlinAngusFarms.com with all the pictures! I encourage you to check it out, get your information in on the FOLLOW button spot, and get every story in full color. I would be grateful if you did want to do any cyber shopping to use my links on the stories. By using my links, I get credit for directing people to shop and may make a small commission without any cost to you! Your support helps to make the website available for the daily stories. Thank you for supporting SchmidlinAngusFarms.com
With the jam-packed days we had at the Roseburg session of REALOregon, there was a concern that we would miss the sight with the dwindling daylight needed to navigate the steps at the North Umpqua fish ladder.
As the name suggests, the fish ladder is located on the Umpqua River as the water snakes through the landscape on the journey to the ocean. Although I enjoyed the walk down to the viewing windows beneath the water line, I found out many more fascinating tidbits when researching the tour after it had concluded by referencing the reader board information at the site.
By going following the prompt on the reader board and going to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife site, average citizens can get a peek at and keep up with the wildlife in the State. Even those who are not interested in hunting or fishing can find good information and wonderful pictures about the natural areas of Oregon. From the information that I have gathered, the actual counting of fish now is monitored in the months of January, April, July, September and November when the fish are more likely to be seen although the fish ladder is open to the public year round.
This information flag was posted on the website;
Due to budget and staffing cuts, the last 100 percent count was April 30, 2015. ODFW is now counting 200 days per year which will give a count accuracy of at least 90 percent. At this time, staff is unsure how often future counts will be posted here.
Also on the website, information can be found about hunting and fishing seasons, how-to videos and tutorials.
The Winchester Dam was built in November 1890 and is in the National Register of Historical Places. Constructed from large timber cribs, the dam was originally built 4-feet high and in 1907 the dam was raised to sixteen feet. Winchester Dam provided water and electricity for the town of Roseburg until 1923.
In December 1945 a more permanent fish ladder and the first fish counting station on Winchester Dam was built. Two counters working the daylight hours, counted fish that swim over a white board located about four feet below the counter. The ladder was closed when counting was no longer in operation. In 1964, new public and counting windows were constructed in the upper pools of the ladder. These viewing areas were improved again in the 1980’s. Since the fall of 1991 all counts have been conducted from a 24 hour video camera.
The fish ladder boasts between 65,000 to 80,000 visitors per year which is quite an impressive number that surpasses counted species totals. By using the ODFW map, it will be easy to find those viewing spots no matter where one is in the state.
Even though our time was short at the Umpqua fish ladder it is an important piece of the history of our native species and fostering the link between those who are living and working in the rural areas and those who are passing through or living in more urban areas. And I am glad the rain held off so we could enjoy the views and and the information.