SENECA – If a quiet fishing getaway is on your list, Poison Creek Reservoir located at the Silvies Valley may fit the bill.
Rainbow trout are stocked, and there is a limit of two fish per day.
Minimum length is 8 inches and only one trout over 20 inches may be caught each day.
Driving south on Highway 26 from Seneca, travel 11-1/2 miles. Turn east at the green sign posted for Rock Springs Campgrounds, Forest Road 17.
A short drive up this road, visitors will see a Poison Creek Reservoir sign pointing the way, and, taking a left turn, the destination is not far off.
The reservoir landscape includes sagebrush, rocky outcroppings and green marshy areas, with a variety of birds enjoying the water.
A path circles a quarter of the reservoir, and anglers may have luck dropping a line near the rocky area where there are fewer weeds. The water is not suitable for swimming.
There are informational signs about the history of the Silvies Valley, plenty of parking and a vault toilet.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends fishing by nonmotorized boat and using spinning lures and bait on the bottom. Ice fishing is also becoming popular at this site.
Visitors may enjoy Poison Creek Reservoir most if they bring a camp chair, and go during the cool of the day.