|Fern Ridge Spring Messabout|
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19, 2013
The Fern Ridge Spring Messabout is held the weekend before Memorial Day on Fern Ridge Reservoir near Eugene. The main event will be a gathering on the beach at Shorelane Park on Saturday, starting about 11:00, but many of us will come Friday and make a weekend of it, camping at Richardson Park, or sleeping in our boats at the marina at Richardson Park or anchored out.
The water in the lake is low this year -- about four feet below full -- so we'll have a big beach at Shorelane Park, but the beach slopes gradually and the water is shallow a ways out, so bring your shallow draft boats and rubber boots. If you have a deeper boat you can anchor off the beach and use a tender to get ashore. For launching there's about 4 1/2 feet of water at the bottom of the Richardson Park ramp, a foot more at the Orchard Point Park ramp.
The rates for short-term moorage at Richardson Park are (all fees included):
You can reserve a slip for the spring messabout (Friday May 17, Saturday May 18) by contacting Sarah Ward: 541-935-2005. Tell her you're with the Coots and she'll try to put us in adjacent slips. If you're planning on anchoring out overnight, talk to Sarah about getting an overnight parking pass.
Campsites at Richardson Park can be reserved online.
Here are some weather forecasts:
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