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Crump Lake Closed to Public Access - 11/19/21

Restrictions in place for state-owned land in Lake County

The Department of State Lands today announced restrictions to access of all state-owned land in and around Crump Lake, located in Lake County.

Following lowered water levels, the emergency closure of the lake was enacted to protect cultural artifacts and prevent damage to the environment and state property (OAR 141-088-0007).

All public access to Crump Lake is restricted until further notice, including:

  • Foot traffic
  • Access by motor vehicles, including off-road vehicles
  • All other uses

Archaeological objects and arrowheads may not be removed, defaced, or destroyed.

Users with permission from DSL may access the area for administrative or land management purposes. This includes government-owned vehicles on official business, public and private utility vehicles performing company business, vehicles involved in rescue or emergency activities, and access by those leasing adjacent lands from DSL who need to repair fences or engage in other activities related to their operations.

DSL will continue to evaluate lake conditions. For current status updates, visit www.oregon.gov/DSL or call 541-388-6112. 

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Invasive Green Crab Numbers Continue to Rise in Coos Bay. Eating Them May Help Protect Coastal Habitat - 11/17/21

South Slough Reserve releases new report on European green crabs

COOS COUNTY, Ore. – Growing European green crab populations throughout Coos Bay are likely to impact Dungeness crabs and coastal habitat, according to a new report by researchers at South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The report, part of an ongoing study by scientists at South Slough Reserve and Oregon State University, found numbers of invasive green crabs continue to climb. Between June and September 2021, researchers trapped and sampled crab populations daily at 13 sites around Coos Bay. On average, 73.3 percent of crab species trapped each day were green crabs.

“Green crab numbers have reached a critical point where we can begin to expect negative impacts on surrounding coastal and estuarine habitat and other organisms,” said Dr. Shon Schooler, lead scientist and research coordinator at South Slough Reserve. “This is turn may impact our local fisheries.”

Green crabs dig up and eat eelgrass meadows, destroying the seagrass many organisms rely on for food and shelter. They also displace juvenile Dungeness crabs from habitat where they shelter and feed, leaving Dungeness vulnerable to predators. Additionally, green crabs prey on clams, oysters, and mussels, reducing populations of these bivalves.

According to Dr. Sylvia Yamada, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, the rise in green crabs measured in Coos Bay reflects what is happening in other estuaries along the Oregon coast.

“All estuaries follow similar trends,” Yamada said. “In the past, green crab larvae were carried in warm ocean currents to Oregon from established populations in California. Now that green crabs are abundant in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, there is evidence some larvae are coming from the north, while others are reproducing locally. This doesn’t bode well for the future unless we get a series of years when the water is colder.”

Catching and Cooking Green Crabs to Manage Populations

Coastal residents and visitors can help reduce the environmental impacts of green crabs by catching and removing this invasive species from coastal waters. In addition to the report, Reserve researchers also released a culinary guide with information about preparing and cooking green crabs, including compiled recipes for green crab soup stock, risotto, and more. 

Green crabs may vary in color from green to yellow or orange. They have five spines on each side of their shells and three bumps between their eyes. Always check for these identifying marks before removing possible green crabs. Green crabs can be brought to the nearest Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office or taken home and eaten.

Images of green crabs can be found here.

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South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve manages and studies nearly 7,000 acres of natural areas along the Coos Estuary on the south coast of Oregon. The Reserve was designated in 1974 as the first unit of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and is affiliated with the Oregon Department of State Lands and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Reserve supports and coordinates research, education and stewardship programs that serve to enhance a scientific and public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved estuarine management.