APRIL NEWS

Wow! Where did April go?

Seems like just last week we were preparing for the Guides Wives Dinner and Auction. A very special evening shared with fellow guides, friends, family and newest honorary member to MRGA, Hall of Fame Baseball player the great Bobby Doerr. Bobby was so nice for attending the dinner and it was very special for us to meet such a gracious person. Thank you Bobby for all you’ve done to help fishing in Oregon. Special thanks to Koffler Boats, Oregon Paddle Sports, Cabela’s, Sotar and all the others that helped make our auction a success.

The 3rd annual McKenzie River Boat Rodeo was another success this year. The weather was fantastic! A great turnout with almost 40 boats inspected by Officer Marc Boyd. McKenzie Fire and Rescue have always been a huge help with this event and this year provided whitewater rescue demonstrations and plenty of river safety information. It is with the help of McKenzie Fire and Rescue that the “Free-Life-Jacket” program is a success.

Many thanks to the cooks that prepared delicious meals for this event. Once again Jon Payne and Billy Pruitt stared each other straight in the eye for the 4th Annual Cook-Off. This year Billy Pruitt takes home the trophy for best cook. His “special” chili and hot corn bread w/ butter & honey narrowly beat Jon’s Sage/Basil Chicken w/ saffron rice. Look for Jon going after the trophy next year. George Recker prepared his famous Fried Chicken and Alice Burke baked a 19” Dutch Oven Biscuits! Fantastic! Thanks to McKenzie Feed and Tackle and McKenzie Fire and Rescue for providing the judges. Someone heard Jon say, “Billy must pay them more than I do”. Also, congratulations to Dana Burwell for winning a new Steelhead Drifting Rod in the raffle!

The 7th Annual McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival enjoyed more good weather and a great turnout. It’s neat to see how the current McKenzie Driftboat has evolved over the years. The most beautifulboats to have ever graced the McKenzie River on display. Many thanks go to Randy Dersham and Debbie for holding the event at The Eagle Rock Lodge. MRGA members Steve and Debbie Schaefers, Sherill Helfrich, Don Wouda, Dave Schaefers, Gary Williams kept the Burgers and Hotdogs coming through the event. Many thanks to Bob Jensen and The Wild Duck for his contribution.

As April turns into May, let’s celebrate the 200 years since Donald MacKenzie’s discovery of the McKenzie River. Be safe and enjoy the river we love.

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2012 McKenzie River Boat Rodeo


Great Weather, Great People, Greak Cooks!

Congratulations to Billy Pruitt for taking down the 2012 Mckenzie River Guides Cook-Off.

A very close race between JP and Billy.
Thanks to George and Alice for the Fried Chicken and Dutch Oven Biscuits!
Marc Boyd performed almost 40 boat inspections!
McKenzie Fire and Rescue did some impressive swiftwater rescue demontrations!
Dana B is the proud owner of a new Steelhead Rod & Reel won in the Raffle!
See ya Next Year!

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McKenzie River Boat Rodeo and Guides Cook-Off

McKenzie River Boat Rodeo &
McKenzie River Guides Cook-Off

Saturday April, 21st, 2012
Hendrick’s Bridge Park
9:00am-3:00pm

The McKenzie River Boat Rodeo is a public service event to support the “Free Life Jacket” program and bring awareness and ensure safe boating on Oregon Rivers. The award winning “Free Life Jacket” program provides free life jackets to visitors along the McKenzie River available at participating vendors along the McKenzie corridor.

· Oregon State Police will be conducting annual boat inspections. This is a great opportunity to get your boat inspected before opening day of fishing season. Officer Marc Boyd completed 17 inspections in 2010, 39 in 2012 and is hoping to achieve even more at this year’s event.

· McKenzie Fire and Rescue will be demonstrating swift water rescue on the McKenzie River at Hendrick’s Bridge Park.

· McKenzie River Guides will be holding the 4th annual Outdoor Cook-Off. McKenzie River Guides will be demonstrating Dutch oven cooking techniques, Grilling Fresh Food, Frying Chicken and providing other outdoor food delicacies. Final judging at 1:00pm.

· All proceeds from the Cook-Off and Raffle support the “Free Life Jacket” program.

· Lane County Parks is waiving Park fees during the event.

Contact Jon Payne, 541-579-3474 for more details

Guides and Judges at 2011 Boat Rodeo and Cook-Off

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