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Haystack Reservoir boat races to limit public access

MADRAS, Ore. - An annual Columbia Drag Boat Association race event will take place September 5-7, 2014 at Haystack Reservoir, located about ten miles south of Madras on the Crooked River National Grassland.

During the race event, public access to boating activities on the reservoir and nearby camping facilities will be limited.

Boat launches on the west and east shores and the North Fishing Pier Day Use Area will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. September, 5 -7. Use of the boat launch on the west shore will also be limited on Friday, September 5, from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, September 8, for setup and take down of the event. The boat launch on the east shore, at the Forest Service campground, will be open on Friday and Monday. 

In addition to the boating restrictions, camping will not be allowed on the West Shore Campground and South Shore Group Sites of Haystack Reservoir from 6:00 a.m. Friday, September 5 until 12:00 p.m. Monday, September 8; however, camping at the Haystack Campground on the east shore will be allowed throughout the event. 

Camping fees at Haystack Campground are $15 per night and day use fees are $5 per day. Access to areas along the south and west shores will be restricted during the race event.

Spectators may view the races, for a fee, from designated areas on the south and west shores. Parking for race spectators is being provided on private land near the south shore, for a fee. Food vendors will be available on the west shore during the event.

For more information about the drag boat races at Haystack Reservoir, please contact the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at (541) 389-6541.

For information about recreation activities at Haystack Reservoir, please contact the Crooked River National Grassland at (541) 475-9272.

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