Cline Buttes Recreation Area Project Updates
Tumalo Canal Trailhead Project
The Maston Trailhead was constructed in 2012 using a State Parks Recreation Trails Program Grant. The BLM has successfully competed for a second State Parks Grant for construction of the Tumalo Canal Trailhead (PDF) at the south end of Barr Road. The Trailhead will be located on the west side of Barr Road, approximately 1/4 mile north of Gerking Market Road. It will serve the pedestrian trails in the Tumalo Canal Historic Area, as well as non-motorized use trails in the southwest portion of the Cline Buttes Recreation Area.
The Tumalo Canal Trailhead Project includes:
- Parking for 20 single vehicles
- Parking for 16 equestrian trailers or school buses
- Picnic area
- Vault toilet
BLM competed statewide to secure the RTP Grant for this project, with support from the City of Redmond, Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District, Oregon Equestrian Trails, East Cascade Chapter—Backcountry Horsemen, Sierra Club, Eagle Crest Resort, Cline Buttes Recreation Association, and many others.
The majority of the trail system in the Maston and Tumalo Canal Historic Areas was completed last season. New maps are now available for both Maston (PDF) and Tumalo (PDF) areas. Work planned for this fall through spring includes the following:
- Limbing or thinning of juniper along trail segments in Maston and Tumalo Canal Historic Area to open up sight lines and increase user safety
- Installing trail junction posts and signs
- Completion of several new mountain bike trail segments in Maston, and equestrian trail segments in the southern part of the Tumalo Historic area
- Work with Deschutes County to create an official trail crossing at Cline Falls Highway
- Trail improvements and maintenance on the pedestrian trails in the Tumalo Canal Historic Area
Fencing was recently constructed on the west side of Cline Falls Highway and on the east side of Barr Road. The purpose of this fencing is to manage access to the public lands between Cline Falls Highway and Barr Road and promote the management of this area for non-motorized trail use.
Who Are Our Partners?
The opportunity for partners will continue to grow as BLM increases management work in the area. In 2012, the Prineville District worked closely with many partners including:
The Heart of Oregon's mission is to operate youth training and employment training programs that aim to reduce poverty, stimulate economic growth, and maintain the natural environment.
The Central Oregon Trails Alliance (COTA) is dedicated to the stewardship of sustainable, multiple-use trails and to preserving access for mountain bikers through advocacy, education and promoting responsible trail use.
Oregon Equestrian Trails (OET) is a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to designing, building, promoting, preserving, and maintaining horse camps and trails in Oregon.
OHV Club organizations offering opportunities for responsible motorized recreation including Raven Off Road - Class II Club out of Portland, 4Locked Films - Class II Club Bend, Deschutes County 4 Wheelers - Class II Club, and the Central Oregon Motorcycle and ATV Club (COMAC) - I and III club.
Where Will We Work Next?The BLM is planning the following projects and will update this website as these are completed:
- Construction of the Tumalo Canal Trailhead in 2014
- Construction of additional fence along the east side of Barr Road
- Development of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails in the Maston and Tumalo Canal Historic Areas in 2012, including route decommissioning
- Route development, signing, and route decommissioning for the motorized trail system west of Barr Road and south of State Highway 126
- Continue to support seasonal wildlife closures in the Fryrear Canyon area, including sign placement, fence repairs, and route decommissioning
Grants and Funding
The Prineville District was awarded the following grants to help fund projects in the Cline Buttes Recreation Area.
State ATV Grant
The CBRA received a $251,000 ATV grant to develop the OHV portion of the CBRA south of Highway 126 and west of Barr Road. The grant includes a soft-match of $96,000 provided by the BLM and volunteers. Planned in winter of 2011 and throughout 2012, the main objectives for the development of this portion of the CBRA are to:
- Develop the North Barr Staging Area for parking and trail access;
- Manage access to the motorized trail use area by installing fencing;
- Map and sign existing routes;
- Construct new routes; and
- Rehabilitate undesignated routes at trail intersections throughout the designated trail system.
Other Projects in CBRA
In addition to recreation projects, the BLM is beginning to implement a series of vegetation treatments designed to reduce the risk of wildfire in the urban-interface. Click here for more information on the Cline Buttes Hazardous Fuels Project.