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USFS, PGE reach agreement on operation of the two campgrounds on the Metolius.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Metolius River flows by the Monty Campground.Online reservations are open for summer season camping and day-use activities at more than a dozen public parks, campgrounds and recreation areas Portland General Electric manages in concert with the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Parks, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and other public and nongovernmental partners.

This year, under an agreement with USFS, PGE has added the Perry South and Monty campgrounds on the Deschutes National Forest to its roster of sites. The two campgrounds are within the boundaries of the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project, which PGE operates on the Deschutes River in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Perry South Campground has attractive trails."The shared stewardship of Perry South and Monty campgrounds will improve the public's experience on the national forest this summer and the years to come," said Ian Reid, Sisters District ranger. "We are excited about the improvements PGE has made and look forward to their continued partnership in helping us manage these lands we all love."

Ranging from full-service campgrounds and marinas to whitewater access sites, natural areas and scenic overlooks — some dating back to the 1950s — PGE Parks are great places to enjoy family-friendly activities including camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, boating and paddling, wildlife viewing, and a junior ranger program for the kids.

They include facilities at popular locales such as Timothy Lake, on the Mount. Hood National Forest, and Lake Billy Chinook, in Central Oregon, as well as other sites along the Clackamas River and in Columbia County.

"Our parks offer access to some of the most popular recreation sites in Oregon as well as some hidden gems," said Tony Dentel, who manages PGE's parks and recreation program on lands adjacent to PGE hydroelectric projects and other scenic sites. "These are amazing landscapes that offer a wealth of benefits for Oregon and the region, including beautiful recreation and natural areas as well as a clean, renewable supply of energy."

Like other PGE sites, Perry South and Monty have benefitted from recent improvements and are staffed by PGE parks personnel to promote a safe, clean, family-friendly atmosphere. PGE also partners with groups like the Northwest Youth Corps to help maintain its parks and adjacent areas. NYC provides opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success as crew members performing service, trail work, conservation and maintenance projects.

"PGE's consistent partnership with Northwest Youth Corps helps us engage crews of local youth in stewardship of critical habitat and open space," said Matt Springer, programs director at Northwest Youth Corps. "Through completing these projects, we see youth grow into wonderfully gritty and confident leaders that understand the power of communities pulling together to accomplish great things."

To learn more about all of PGE's parks and make online reservations, visit www.portlandgeneral.com/parks.


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