Landscaping and interpretive sign installation were completed in June at the popular Fish Overlook area near the Camp Sherman store. Two large panels obstructing river views were removed; three new signs featuring a map of the area, fish of the Metolius and historical themes replace the old ones. There are benches to sit on, boulders replace aging bollards, native plants restore the damaged area, and stone steps provide access to the river. The look is much improved and winter runoff from the parking lot has been diverted into bioswales that filter excess water.
In mid July a team of approximately ten Friends volunteers cleaned, sanded, and painted the overlook structure itself.
The project was a collaborative effort by Friends, Trout Unlimited, the US Forest Service and the Northwest Youth Corps.
Please stop by and enjoy.
Three new interpretive signs will be installed near the Fish Overlook by the Camp Sherman bridge in Spring, 2014. The existing signs were installed years ago when the overlook was first constructed. They are dated and contain misinformation. The new signs address the history of the region, the fish in the Metolius, and provide a map orienting visitors to the basin. They will be placed near the current site. The old bill board type sign will be removed providing an enhanced view of the river. FOM believes more can be done to improve this popular spot and will work with the Forest Service on a landscape plan.