Outdoors: The weekend scoop

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It's shaping up to be a big-water weekend. My river-gauge alerts from the USGS just keep coming in: Main Payette, 10,800 cfs; Salmon at Whitebird, 51,100 cfs, Grande Ronde at Troy, Ore., 9,040 cfs, Little Salmon at Riggins, 4,166 cfs, Lochsa, 8.49 feet and the Boise River's still high at 6,200 cfs.

So, if you're not comfortable with high water, put away the paddles for a few more weeks. I bet things drop fairly fast by mid-June.

REDFISH LAKE LODGE

This just in: Redfish Lake Lodge officially opens 5 p.m. for dinner on Friday, May 25. All services will be open that day - marina, store, lodging and the restaurant.

Beginning the following Saturday, the lodge will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. It sounds like the start of summer in the high country.

CAMPING

The Boise National Forest reports that most campgrounds will be open for the Memorial Day weekend. Some trails and roads at 6,000 feet in elevation may be a little iffy. The Payette National Forest will have plenty of campgrounds at mid-elevation open and campgrounds in the Stanley area will be open.

The Forest Service is reporting that you can't get into Deadwood Reservoir yet. Stay tuned.

Check out our Memorial Day Weekend recreation update in the Idaho Statesman on May 24.

DUNES' MOSQUITOES

Remember last year's mosquito outbreak at Bruneau Dunes State Park? Well, the mosquitoes have arrived at the park, south of Mountain Home, but the outbreak isn't as bad as last year.

Still, remember the repellant.

LOG'S OUT

A hazardous log was removed from the South Fork of the Payette River last week by the U.S. Forest Service and volunteers.

The log was located above Blackadar Rapids between Garden Valley and Lowman.

The Forest Service received help from experienced boaters from Cascade Raft and Idaho Whitewater Unlimited. Garden Valley Towing was able to maneuver the log out of the water and up on the bank, which was then bucked into smaller sections, the federal agency said.

MORE

Read our fishing and river reports and other recreation news in Idaho Outdoors in the Statesman today. There's also a lot of camping tips in the super Camping Guide.

High-water kayaking - File photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman