On Friday, Aug. 24, an unknown number of persons from the Joseph House; Pioneer Guest Home, in Enterprise; River House, in Wallowa; and from the public will converge at the foot of Wallowa Lake for a chance to go fishing.
Those wishing to fish will congregate beginning at 9 a.m. with the first boatload of fishermen expected to cast off by about 10 a.m. Ken Coreson, the originator of the Creating Memories program sponsoring the fishing day, says opportunities to fish will remain ongoing throughout the day.
In conjunction with the boat trips to be launched at the north end of the lake, everyone is invited to participate at a picnic to be held at the Wallowa Lake State Park, at the south end of the lake.
The specially designed handicap-accessible boat owned by Gene Sutton, of La Grande, will provide boat transportation that day, as it has much of the summer.
Focusing on disabled children and adults, the nonprofit Creating Memories organization tries to provide quality fishing and hunting activities to a segment of the population who might otherwise never by exposed to such outdoor activities.
Coreson says that by the end of August about 60 handicapped individuals will have availed themselves of the fishing boat now sitting on Wallowa Lake.
One need Creative Memories has at this time is access to land in the Joseph area where handicapped hunters might set up blinds to hunt white tail deer.
He stresses that handicapped hunters do not leave much of an impact on the landscape because, due to their physical limitations, they regularly sit in a blind and wait for the wildlife to come to them.
Coreson can be reached at 541-263-2149, and Sutton at 541-426-9446.