Jetties Boost Access to Whetstone Pond, Oregon

Jetties boost access to Whetstone Pond
Jetties boost access to Whetstone Pond
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Oregon -( Two new wheelchair accessible jetties on Whetstone Pond expand use of this popular fishing and bird watching area.

Whetstone Pond provides a break from urban life in the heart of the Rogue Valley. The 10-acre pond sits in Denman Wildlife Area and is accessed at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office on East Gregory Road in Central Point.

“The pond is a high use area with most people sticking to the paved trail and platform to fish and watch wildlife. That asphalt was degrading and became a safety concern for visitors,” said Clayton Barber, Wildlife Area Manager.

Both jetties are 50 feet long and paved with curbing for wheelchair accessibility. Railings will be installed this winter on the tips of each jetty to provide added safety for those in wheelchairs. Local angler David Flemming, who is now wheelchair bound, appreciates having a local pond to fish that accommodates his needs.

“We’re glad we could partner with ODFW to make the outdoors accessible to everyone,” said Garry Penning of Dry Creek Landfill. “Our facility has a long history of partnering with ODFW to enhance wildlife habitat and now we are happy to support this project which enables the handicapped to access and enjoy Whetstone Pond.”

Whetstone Pond is a warmwater fishery for bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. It’s also a great place to watch wildlife, including several Conservation Strategy Species – Western Pond Turtles, Acorn Woodpeckers, Bald eagles, and the occasional American White Pelican. Two osprey sites are frequently used and visitors like watching osprey pluck fish from the pond.

The project was a collaboration between ODFW and several partners. LNS Rock Products and Dry Creek Landfill donated rock; a Restoration and Enhancement Program grant funded asphalt and curbing; permitting costs were covered by the Wildlife Area Parking Fee Program; and ODFW provided in-kind labor to help build the jetties.