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Register for cycling event to support Historic Highway, lampreys lay eggs in Johnson Creek

COURTESY PHOTO: CAROL ZYVATKAUSKAS - Western brook lampreys have returned to Johnson Creek to spawn. Lampreys return to Johnson Creek

A species of fish that has called the region home for more than 450 million years has made its annual return to East Multnomah County to lay eggs in Johnson Creek.

The western brook lamprey can currently be seen in the shallow portions of the river. The lampreys are about 5 inches long and more closely resemble worms than fish. They return to Gresham in the spring and summer to spawn, creating pits by moving small rocks and gravel with their mouths.

Gorge Ride fundraiser registration opens

Cycle through the Columbia River Gorge this fall to help protect the historic route.

Registration is open for the annual Gorge Ride fundraiser, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 28. Hosted by the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway, the event will have cyclists cruise 38.5 miles along the highway.

Participants will ride from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in Mosier before continuing on to the Sen. Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead near Hood River. The ride will include the vista at Rowena Crest, trips through the Mosier Twin Tunnels and a rest stop at the historic Mayerdale Estate.

Several hundred people participated in the 2019 Gorge Ride. Money raised during the ride will help restore and protect the historic highway. Register online at gorgeride.eventbrite.com

Sponsors include Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, Mayerdale Estate, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Portland Bicycling Club, Showers Pass, Oregon Screen Impressions, Double Mountain Brewery, SPR Bicycle Shop, Sellwood Cycle Repair and Oregon e-bikes.


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