Oregon - Willamette NF
Fish Lake Guard Station Interpretive Hosting Project 2020
Fish Lake Dispatcher’s Cabin, 1921
June 24-September 28, 2020 (including weekend)
Volunteers must commit to 1 entire session; may participate in more
Session Dates: (including weekends)
Session 1: June 24–July 6
Session 2: July 6–July 15
Session 3: July 15–July 27
BREAK: Conservation Education Events
Session 4: August 6–August 17
Session 5: August 17–August 26
Session 6: August 26–September 3 Filled
Session 7: September 3–September 14
Session 8: September 14–September 28
Nestled in the High Cascades of Western Oregon, at an elevation of 3,200 feet above sea level, you will find the Fish Lake Guard Station. It lies 20 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge within Linn County, near the junction of U.S. Highway 20, and Oregon State Highway 126. The Station is a Forest Service administrative building group constructed in the early 1900s, and was in regular use between then and the 1960s. During its formal life span, it served as a guard station, fire headquarters, and remount station. The site is bordered to the southwest by Fish Lake, and encompasses 16.81 acres of gently sloping, south-facing, high plateau terrain. It hosts 18 historic buildings, structures, and sites, as well as two non-historic buildings and other structures. The Guard Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), as is the Santiam Wagon Road, which cuts through the Guard Station complex. This section of road passing near Fish Lake contributed a significant role in the decision of where to construct the compound.
This year’s PIT volunteers will receive some initial training and orientation to the Fish Lake compound, its history, and that of the local area. Then, we’ll turn you loose, and rely on your friendly faces and people-skills as you host the sessions. Volunteers will welcome visitors, provide information, and answer questions about the GS and its use over the past 100 plus years! Early sessions may provide you the opportunity to work on projects on site and/or help with structure or grounds maintenance with the on-site manager or with the group “Friends of Fish Lake.” During your hours “off the clock,” this is a fantastic place for walks, hikes, fishing, wildlife (and people) viewing, and much more! We will only take applications until all slots are filled, though, so apply today – we hope to see you for another great season at Fish Lake Guard Station!
Number of openings: 16 (2 individuals applying as a team or 1 couple per session)
Special skills: Must enjoy talking and interacting with people on a daily basis and have an appreciation of history and the outdoors; previous hosting, maintenance (ground and/or structure) or related construction/groundskeeping experience helpful, but not required
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Volunteers may camp (tent or RV) on-site in designated area at no charge; septic disposal for RVs available on-site; pit toilets; a flush toilet and shower are also usually available (please note, however, the water runs off a generator and if there are any issues with the generator, then water may not be available); restaurant available at Clear Lake Resort (~2 miles west of Fish Lake), and there is a small shop open to the public where minimal food supplies can be purchased; McKenzie Bridge is a limited-services community with gas station, restaurants and convenience store; Sisters is a full-service community with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment, food, water, and daily transportation (if staying off-site)
Nearest towns: McKenzie Bridge, 23 miles; Sisters, 30 miles; Detroit, 40 miles
Applications due: Ongoing until filled!