Aspen Ridge Ranch
Don't Leave Home Without...
1. Bedding. Each tipi is equipped with three single beds that have thick foam pads. The pads are protected with mattress covers so they are conducive to sheets and blankets if you want to bring them. Of course a big, warm sleeping bag would be easier; your choice, but remember that the night-time temperatures during the fishing season often drop below freezing. If you don't have a warm sleeping bag, bring two.
2. Fishing gear. Especially black drake flies. Waders are not necessary but you might find them convenient. There are two log bridges crossing the river about two miles apart if you want to cross at some point other than these then waders would help. The river is three to five feet deep with mostly dry, firm banks. Please use a catch & release net, barbless hooks and handle the fish as little as possible.
3. Mosquito repellent. Although the mosquitoes aren't as bad as you might expect they can be worrisome in the morning and evening.
5. Your map with directions to Aspen Ridge Ranch.
6. Drinks. We provide drinking water, iced tea and lots of coffee throughout the day and with meals. You're welcome to bring alcoholic beverages, sodas, juice or anything else you might desire. We have a very limited supply of ice so bring your own if you use it.
7. Towels, soap, shampoo, etc. We have an outdoor shower rigged with a solar bag of hot water. You are welcome to take a shower or you can use the river for a bath. Please bring biodegradable camping soap and shampoo. In addition buckets of river water are supplied for each tipi and there is water at the mess hall for washing up before meals, etc.
8. Snacks. Last year everyone said they had more than enough to eat and we always have fruit, crackers and cookies available. If you want a particular snack bring it along because it's a long way to a 7 11.
9. There aren't any electrical outlets so don't bring your blow dryer or stereo. Each tipi has a solar lantern but you should bring a head lamp or flashlight to help you get from the dinner table to your tipi or on any other nightly sojourns.
10. Some cell phones work from the valley floor; most don't. I have a telephone for emergency use.
11. Warm clothes for the evenings and early morning -- it often dips below freezing at night. The tipis have propane heaters but if you warm them up too much you will invite in mosquitoes. It usually climbs into the 60's and 70's during the day.
12. Bring a camera, lots of film, reading material for your leisure hours, etc. The bird life is phenomenal and you will almost certainly see coyotes, deer and pronghorn antelope.
13. There are lots of dirt logging roads that meander through the old growth ponderosa forests near the ranch. Bring running shoes, hiking boots or a mountain bike if you want to do more than fish.
14. Lastly, don't forget to bring your enthusiasm for fishing, love of nature and a smile.
Arrival Time: After 1 p.m. and, preferably, before 6 p.m. on Friday. We don't serve Friday lunch. We are about 1 hour from Chemult or Chiloquin if you wish to get lunch along the way.
Departure: Any time before dark on Sunday (dinner is not provided on departure day)