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Out Our Back Door

    Have Fun Stalking These Seasonal Treats


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    PHOTO CAPTION: Crawdads thrive in coastal rivers.
    Chinook and stripers to crawdads and chanterelles, the bounty of the rivers and forests and ocean awaits those who are persistent. What I call the Estuary Fleet is out in full force right now – that would be all the sportfishing boats in the estuary waters of South Coast rivers. From the Siuslaw River in Florence, to the mighty Umpqua in Reedsport (and Smith River too), to the Coos, Coquille, Rogue and Chetco, anglers prowl the seaward confluences of these waterways in pursuit of prized Chinook salmon.
    How exciting to hook into one of these big boys (or hens too)! I was also lucky enough to be gifted with a nice chunk of striped bass caught by a local angler on the same tackle he was using to haul in salmon. What a country!
    It reminds me of taste tests setting Dungness crab against the Red Rock variety. The meat of one is sweeter but the other is firmer, etc. Ah decisions, decisions, delightful decisions.
    Speaking of shellfish, the lowly crawdad (AKA crayfish) doesn't get much attention when compared to all the other bounty, but these little critters have a wonderful lobster-like flavor and are almost as much fun to catch as to eat. You can find "mudbugs" in just about every coastal river but they're definitely a summer and fall thing as the rivers will soon rise too much. What's also fun is watching the reaction of youngsters, squealing and splashing and laughing with delight in this endeavor.
    Crawdads thrive in pools and slower-running sections of the rivers above tidewater, and also in some coastal lakes. And although you might only see one or two scampering around on the bottom, where there's one there are usually many more. They just need to be coaxed out – best accomplished by setting some bait or chum in a quiet, shallow spot. It's sort of like crabbing, you can use anything from chicken to fish to beef jerky, just nothing too rotten.
    Set out your bait and sit back and watch the bright orange critters emerge from underneath rocks and submerged branches. They're fixated on a meal so they probably won't even notice you approaching stealthily with a net or my favorite "tackle" – barbeque tongs! Net or pluck only the big ones (little ones are too much trouble to deal with) and repeat the process, or work your way up or downriver to fresh hunting grounds.
    Various traps are available, or go online to learn how to build your own. You can also watch You Tube videos on how to cook and eat crawdads. It takes a little practice, but it's mostly a matter of using a gentle twist to carefully separate the tail (where the meat is) from the body. True aficionados suck the head to get every bit of succulent juice.
    No license or permit is required for crawdads, and the season is open day and night 365 days of the year, with a daily limit of 100.
    In addition to bringing more spawning salmon into coastal estuaries, recent heavy rain has also ushered in mushroom season, sometimes called the silent hunt. The term "silent" conjures up images of 'shroomers setting off on a collecting expedition, knife and bucket in hand, checking out their favorite secret places. But as for details and locations – remain silent!
    We're fortunate here on the South Coast to be surrounded with good mushrooming territory on publicly-owned lands ranging from county, state and federal forests to such places as the Oregon Dunes.
    You can get some guidance at regularly-scheduled mushroom identification hikes held at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, as well as those by the Coast Range Forest Watch. Upcoming Shopper editions will have the dates of those outings.
    This is a sport with a definitive and potentially lethal learning curve. Novice or would-be mushroomers must go with experienced picker(s). Never eat anything you're not absolutely sure of. There are toxic lookalikes and deadly varieties. If you need help identifying a mushroom, check with one of the seasonal mushroom buyers in most coastal communities. They'll also share cleaning and cooking tips.
    With caution and experience, 'shrooming can be a fun and productive way to enjoy the woods. As for permits, on state lands such as the Elliott State Forest, as well as in Bureau of Land Management forests and the Coos County Forest, none is required if you're harvesting less than a gallon for personal use. The US Forest Service, which administers the national forests as well as the Oregon Dunes, has different (or no) restrictions in each forest and the Dunes. You can sleuth it out over the phone or Internet.
    Meantime, more rain is predicted – good for the fishing, even better for the fungi!
    Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of the guidebook "Out Our Back Door," available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center, or at
    Lots of Fun Events Cap a Busy Season
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: A photo from last year's street dance at the Bandon Cranberry Festival captures some of the colorful fun. The 2019 version is set for this weekend. (Photo courtesy Cardas Photography)
    Fairs and Festivals season ends with a strong flourish here on the South Coast, with some of the year's most popular events planned for the next few weeks.
    There's more detailed information about some of this weekend's events elsewhere in this edition of the Shopper, and subsequent editions will have more information about activities later in September.
    Among your potential fun this weekend, Sept. 13-15, is Bandon's 73rd annual Cranberry Festival with the theme of a Cranberry Carnival, complete with carnival rides and a midway. The big event within the big event is of course the parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, highlighted by classic cars and vintage farm equipment, with an emphasis on Bandon's signature product, the literally-lowly cranberry (it grows in bogs). Through the years the Cranberry Festival parade has evolved from a classic small-town spectacle with the usual, tried and true entrants to one that includes a few more contemporary and sometimes downright whimsical participants. After all, this is the town that celebrates thorny gorse and the relentless wind with their own separate festivals!
    It wouldn't be Bandon without some healthy aspects. For example, at 8 a.m. you can take part in the South Coast Bicycle Cranberry Ride, a free, group cycling event that will begin at the Face Rock Creamery parking lot and feature a 12-mile ride, back just in time for the start of the parade at 10 a.m.
    In addition to interesting vendor and food booths, there will be live music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by another event that has enjoyed increasing popularity over the last few years – the Cranberry Street Dance, this year featuring the band Aurora.
    On Sunday only there will be classic car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Another big event this weekend is the 16th annual Mill Luck Salmon Celebration at the Mill Casino in North Bend, with lots of free activities, exhibits and workshops on such things as flint knapping, wood carving, canoe building, weaving, and beading. There will be dugout canoe races (and rides, weather permitting), along with drumming, dancing and native flutes. It's all free to attend, and you can buy dinner that features traditional open-pit baked salmon.
    Speaking of salmon, the season seems to be turning into a good one, and the rain earlier this week will certainly help. Just in time, as it turns out, for this weekend's 20th annual Coos Basin Salmon Derby, which kicks off with a barbeque and silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 13 in Room 138 (next to Sears) in Pony Village Mall in North Bend. And then it's out to the rivers over the following couple of days to try and catch THE big one! There will be $1400 in prizes including $500 for the biggest fish.
    All these activities are just a taste of things to come. For instance, Coos Bay's big event is the Bay Area Fun Festival, set for next weekend, Sept. 20-22. With the theme of "Our Great Outdoors," the Fun Festival will once again feature one of the region's biggest parades, along with the popular Cruz the Coos event best described as a rolling car show. More details in next week's edition.
    Next Saturday, Sept. 21 will also feature another group kayak paddle on the Coquille River, as well as a celebration in Coquille of the 25th anniversary of the Coquille Watershed Association.
    This September's final Saturday – the 28th – will feature the Myrtle Point Harvest Festival as well as the annual Stand Up! For the Bay paddling event in Coos Bay. And looking to next month, the annual Octoberfish celebration in Charleston is set for Saturday, Oct. 5.
    Once again, we'll have more details in upcoming editions, and you can always find out more by visiting the web and Facebook pages for all these groups.
    Avoiding the Crowds
    If, however, public events aren't your cup of tea – and you're not out hunting or fishing – you can still find things to do and places to go to enjoy the season. After all, this is the best time of year around here -- the wind has died down, the kids are back in school, and the first few rains of the season have tamped down the dust.
    How about this -- have you visited one of our historic lighthouses? In the summer season, tours are kept on a relatively tight schedule. This time of year, you can linger; plus, volunteer guides have more time to share information and answer questions.
    At the Umpqua Lighthouse near Winchester Bay, you can climb right up inside the light and check out its thick, clear and red-glass prisms. Guided tours are offered daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through October.
    The Coquille River Lighthouse near Bandon offers tours through September, while the Cape Blanco Lighthouse north of Port Orford is open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but closed Tuesdays.
    More group activities and solo outings will be detailed as this special time of year progresses, but for now, your operational protocol should remain consistent: Have fun!
    Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of the guidebook "Out Our Back Door," available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center, or at
    Explore South Slough's Less-Visited Side
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    PHOTO CAPTION:With the sparkling waters of South Slough's Sengstacken Arm in the background, a kayak awaits on the sandy shoreline of Valino Island.
    It seems somehow fitting that in an area surrounded by water, some of the most beautiful places are accessible only by water. High on the list are the inlets at the south end of the Sengstacken Arm of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve near Charleston. As is the case elsewhere in the Reserve, there's no development or roads along the shore in the Sengstacken Arm, just dense forest and tidal wetlands that are home to an impressive web of wildlife, ranging from large mammals such as elk, deer and bears, to smaller mammals, fish, shellfish, birds and waterfowl.
    The absence of roads or trails gives the area around the Sengstacken Arm a wild feeling, and also means that getting to it is by watercraft only. But unlike the adjacent Winchester Arm -- which features a put-in/take-out for paddlers on Hinch Ln. -- there are no launch sites in the Sengstacken Arm. So visitors must either launch from Charleston or from the Hinch Ln. put-in, and do an out-and-back trip into the Sengstacken Arm.
    Paddling from Charleston and exploring all the inlets and navigable creeks adds up to about 10 miles of paddling. Of vital importance are the weather and tides. And when I say weather, I mostly mean the wind, blasting in from the north just about every day in summer here on the South Coast. The best time to paddle is in the early morning hours before the wind kicks up. As for tides, if launching from Charleston, for example, it's best to begin in the last three or four hours of an incoming tide, then ride the outgoing tide on the way back. In addition to enjoying the scenic beauty, you can stop and explore 23-acre Valino Island, which is about halfway along.
    Getting There
    As noted, there are two places to launch into the South Slough. For this story, we'll start in Charleston at the Distant Water Fleet launch site on Troller Rd., just before crossing the bridge into Charleston. Be cautioned that at lower and minus tides, mudflats are exposed at the Troller Rd. site, creating sticky going while putting in or taking out. Putting in at public boat ramps in the boat basin area avoids the mud but adds mileage to the trip.
    Paddle south into South Slough, passing the Charleston Boat Yard and the entrance to Joe Ney Slough. A bit beyond to the south is a wide cove to the east, and a narrower one on the west side, but stay in the main wide channel heading south. Valino Island comes into view and before long, here it is.
    Valino Island is about 2.2 miles from Charleston, just above where South Slough splits into its two arms, Winchester and Sengstacken. So it's about the halfway point of a trip up either of the arms. You can land on the sandy shoreline on the east side of the island and explore it, but make sure your vessel is pulled well above the waterline if you leave it for long.
    From Valino Island, paddle southeast through a wide expanse that becomes the wide, inviting Sengstacken Arm set amidst splendid forestland.
    Three inlets feed Sengstacken Arm and each provides worthy paddling detours. From the north, the first is Elliot Creek, on the east side of the arm about 1.7 miles from Valino Island. At this writing, a big tree had fallen across the cove's "notch" opening, but branches had been cut away for paddler passage. The channel widens onto sparkling wetlands, meanders up to another notch – this one in a levee – and meanders a bit farther before it becomes too narrow to paddle at just under 1 mile.
    The other two inlets are at the south end of Sengstacken Arm, about a half-mile from Elliot Creek. To the southwest is Talbot Creek, which can be paddled about a half-mile at higher water levels. It ends at a berm that's easily portaged, with more potential paddling beyond if water levels allow. A fun little loop through the braided channels is possible on your return.
    Back in the main channel, just west is John B. Creek, up which it's possible to paddle about 0.4 mile before trees block the way. All three of the inlets are like miniature versions of the larger South Slough, although more protected, peaceful and less visited, and thus more rewarding, if that's even possible.
    For your return, retrace your route to the Troller Rd. launch site in Charleston, which is about 3.3 miles from the opening of John B. Creek if you paddle in a fairly straight line.
    (Not ready to strike out on your own? The Sough Slough Reserve offers regular guided kayak tours (up the Winchester Arm), and now offers kayaks for rent. The next outing is Saturday, Sept. 21. Check their website or Facebook page for details, and RSVP at (541)888-5558 ext. 126.)
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is co-author of "Oregon South Coast Canoe, Kayak and Stand-up Paddle Guide" available at local bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Elliott Forest Tour Takes In A Visit to Loon Lake
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: A canoeist drifts by a picnic table at the Bureau of Land Management's East Shore Day-Use site at Loon Lake.
    Last week's column took us into the Elliott State Forest (ESF) for a trip across its principal road, with a stop at an old-growth grove. I'm grateful to a careful reader who pointed out that the grove, formerly called the Silver Creek Heritage Grove, has been renamed the Jerry Phillips Grove in honor of the longtime Oregon Dept. of Forestry district manager who oversaw the acquisition of the 50-acre site. The new name was unanimously approved by an Oregon House of Representatives resolution earlier this year, and Jerry continues to be active in the ongoing process by the Dept. of State Lands – which now controls the ESF – to come up with a management plan that will satisfy environmental concerns, establish a research forest, and perhaps still include some timber harvesting.
    In a Shopper interview, Jerry said the honor was "a big surprise, kind of embarrassing, but the important thing is to recognize that it's a special place where you can see the Coos River watershed the way it used to be." The grove is dominated by Douglas fir, much of it more than 250 years old, spared from early-day forest fires and logging.
    Last week's column included detailed directions from Coos Bay, complete with GPS coordinates; you can read them at
    My guidebook "Out Our Back Door" also has complete directions. Anyone venturing in the ESF is strongly encouraged to obtain an ESF road map from the Dept. of Forestry office in Bunker Hill. Also keep in mind many road signs are missing so please pay careful attention to the directions here. And please stay alert – even though there's no logging going on right now, there are many precipitous drop-offs as well as the occasional uncourteous driver.
    This week's column will continue the journey started last week on the 1000 Rd. to Loon Lake. So, transport yourself up the Coos River to Allegany, and 1 mile beyond turn left (S) on Marlow Creek Rd., also known as the Elk Ridge Rd. and the 1000 Rd. Note your mileage or zero out your trip odometer here.
    The road eases upcanyon, soon taking on some serious switchbacks. In about 8.1 miles is a turnout, and the road to the Jerry Phillips Grove. To get there, turn right (S) on 1430. Follow it 0.1 mile and bear left on 1440. At a "Y" intersection in another 0.1 mile, bear left (NE) and follow it 0.8 mile to the grove.
    Once you've soaked in sufficient appreciation for the big trees, retrace your way to the 1000 Rd., and turn right (E). (The 1.6-mile total for a roundtrip to the grove has been added to the mileages from here.)
    The road descends steadily, and passes a major crossroads at the 10 milepost, but keep going NE on 1000 Rd. There's another intersection (with 9000 Rd.) in a half-mile; swing right and stay on 1000 Rd., which continues climbing and tops out with some more spectacular views.
    The road climbs and dips past many spurs, but 1000 Rd. is well-graveled and clearly the main drag. At about 14 miles, the road wraps around the flanks of Elk Peak, and goes downhill – only to climb again.
    Just past milepost 18, at a "T" intersection that isn't well marked, go left (N). The road swings uphill and in just 0.4 mile comes to another "Y" intersection (with 7000 Rd.). Bear right (NE), and get ready to head down for good. At milepost 19½ the final descent begins, with glimpses of Ash Valley down below. The road corkscrews around some tight turns, so go slowly!
    The first home appears at about 21.5 miles, along with pavement. Cross a concrete bridge and proceed to a "T" intersection. Turn left (S) and in a few moments you'll come to Loon Lake, shimmering blue-green forest jewel.
    The road skirts the lake's edge, passing the marina and campground portion of Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort. Next is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) East Shore Recreation Site, with 6 campsites and a day use area that includes a lakeside picnic table. A bit beyond is the main Loon Lake Lodge. The road crosses a bridge over Mill Creek, and passes the BLM Loon Lake campground and day-use area, closed this year for repairs from a ferocious winter snowstorm.
    The road heads down a canyon of old-growth forest, another pocket spared for its diversity and potential wildlife habitat. It's 7 miles from Loon Lake down to Highway 38. Turn left (W) to return to Reedsport, 13 miles, and US 101.
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and
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Examples: Ranger XLT by Ford would be abbreviated to: Ford Ranger XLT OceanRunner Rainbow Series by WildSeas would be abbreviated to: WildSeas Rainbow OceanRunner In the body of an ad always use numerals. Example: Newer 3bdr home. At the beginning of an ad spell out short numbers. (Example: Three bdr home.) As always, if you do not want your ad abbreviate we can use the longer version for $2. 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Thunderbird — T-Bird tilt steering wheel — tilt Ton, ton, 1 ton, ¾ ton, etc — t, t, 1t, ¾t, etc trailer — trlr transmission/tranny — trans weight (hitch) — wt wheels — whls NOTE: John Deere the company uses J.D. themselves, so “John Deere” and “J.D.” are acceptable RV’s, ATV’s/CYCLES, BOATS awning — awn fifth wheel — 5th whl fully self contained — fsc generator — gen motorhome — mh self contained — sc wheels — whls 4 wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr four wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr Harley Davidson — Harley HD — Harley aluminum — alum electric — elec Evinrude — Evin galvanized — galv # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp inboard — i/b inboard/outboard — i/o long shaft — ls Mercury (boats only) — Merc outboard — o/b outdrive — o/d short shaft — ss Animals # months old — #mos # years old — #yrs puppies — pups spayed — spay neutered — neut female — fm male — m up to date — utd Appliances/Furniture box spring — box California — Cal capacity — cap entertainment — ent queen — qu refrigerator — fridge wooden — wood Electronics Gigabyte — gb Gigahertz — ghz Hewlett-Packard — HP high definition — hd high def — hd high def tv — hdtv Mega bytes — mb Megapixels — mp Nintendo — Nin Play Station — PS Play Station 2 — PS2 Play Station 3 — PS3 Play Station 4 — PS4 TV — tv VCR — vcr Windows 98 — Win98 Xbox 360 — Xbox360 Xbox One — XboxOne Employment experienced — exp’d hour — hr Full Time — F/T Part Time — P/T references — ref’s required — req’d week — wk year — yr Garage Sales Time example: — 8a-5p Days — Fri-Sun Dates (if needed) — 3rd-4th Highway — Hwy Roads — Rd, Ave, Blvd, St, etc… Multiple — Multi Real Estate, Mobiles, Rentals $00 per month — $00/mo $00 deposit — $00/dep # bathrooms — #ba # bedrooms — #bdr apartment — apt double — dbl double wide — dbl for sale by owner — FSBO manufactured — mfg mobilehome — mobile no drugs — n/d no pets — n/p no smoking — n/s owner may carry — omc owner will carry — owc single wide — single take over payments — t.o.p. washer/dryer hook-ups — w/d hk-ups water/sewer/garbage paid — w/s/g pd Sporting Goods Ammunition — Ammo Bicycle — Bike Camouflage — Camo magnum — mag mountain — mtn Remmington — Rem Winchester — Win Cities Bandon — bd Brookings/Harbor — b/h Charleston — charl Coos Bay — cb Coquille — cq Crescent City, CA — cc Drain/Elkton/Scottsburg — hwy38 Florence — fl Gardiner — gar Gold Beach — gb Hauser — hau Langlois — lg Lakeside — lksd Mapleton — ma Myrtle Point — mp North Bend — nb Port Orford — po Powers — pw Roseburg — rsbg Reedsport — rdspt Remote — rm Winchester Bay — wb NOTE On Cities: At the end of the phone number designating which general area the ad is from, the abbreviation will be lower case. In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.














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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Amanda Libbett

Display Advertising Sales

Amanda has resided 10 years in the community, with 6 years sales and marketing experience.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.