I would like to spit a word out on a recent conversation I had with enforcement officer with the USFS in Powers [Oregon]. I asked him point blank if the stories about SRU Lake were in anyway true. He said and I quote. "Something has been going on up there but we're not sure just what it is." He said that he could speak "unofficially with me and only off the record."
People have had some problems in the general area of the lake. What those problems are I'm not a liberty to discuss. What I can tell you is I would recommend that campers and daytime visitors stay vigilant up in the area. [Don't know if this should be in quotes or not.]
"The road that leads to SRU #3348 is closed due to a massive slide from last winter. The USFS doesn't have the funds to reopen it."
You can still get there by using Eden Ridge Road or Panther Ridge Rd. on the Agness Pass as detours but it's a long drive using those routes. He said he was aware of some Bigfoot reports coming out of the area. "The problem is what can we actually do with these reports?"
He was glad that some people have reported the incidents but there's very little the USFS can do to make the forest safer. "We just can't close the area to the public. The area we are talking about is too large to close." When we gate off certain roads we have numerous negative complaints about it, like "this is public land and you can't lock it up." I believe him because I have complained about gates before.
So the bottom line is be careful when playing, camping, fishing and hiking in the forest. For the first time I can really see that trying to control certain pieces of public land can be next to impossible.
I'm assuming that I can share this with our readers, otherwise you would have said. Right? ... Linda Newton-Perry