Josephine County searching for volunteer expert to stop flooding at Lake Selmac

The park was completely flooded Monday; some of the water had receded by Tuesday, but there was still a flowing stream through what is usually green grass.

Posted: Apr. 9, 2019 6:49 PM
Updated: Apr. 9, 2019 6:54 PM

LAKE SELMAC, Ore. -- The Josephine County Park Department wants a hydrologist, engineer, or anyone with knowledge on how to prevent flooding. 

The McMullen Creek on the east side of the lake floods frequently, and forced the department to delay opening campsites at Mallard Camping Loop. 

"This is a reoccurring thing every year -- at least two to three times a year," Tony Rodriguez, a park ranger with the department, said. 

The park was completely flooded Monday; some of the water had receded by Tuesday, but there was still a flowing stream through what is usually green grass. 

The day use area as well as the horse camp saw high water as well. 

The parks department said it was supposed to open the camping site by April 1, but because of the water, that's been pushed back into May. Even then, Rodriguez says it's likely the water will still be around.

Delaying the opening date is frustrating, Rodriguez says, because the parks department is completely self-funded. 

If you have ideas on how to prevent flooding near the lake, contact Sarah Garceau, the Josephine County Parks Director at 541-474-5287. 

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