Washington steelheaders buy prime ‘reel’ estate to donate to state

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Josh Mills, with the Wild Steelhead Coalition, stands along the Grande Ronde River in November, 2019. Last month, the coalition purchased eight acres with plans to donate that land to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. (Fay Mills / Courtesy)

A prime piece of steelhead “reel estate” along the Grande Ronde River will become public property, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a group of dedicated anglers.

In late January, the Wild Steelhead Coalition purchased the eight-acre parcel featuring 2,000 feet of riverfront access. The undeveloped land, known as Turkey Run, is also adjacent to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife land already used by anglers and boaters. The land is about a mile upstream from the mouth of the Grande Ronde.Read Eli Francovitch’s story in the Spokesman-Review.

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