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Wildlife officers clamp down on Grande Ronde frat party

Washington Fish and Wildlife police reel in a beer party organized by a University of Idaho fraternity on the Grande Ronde River at the bottom of Schumaker Grade in May 2013. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)
Washington Fish and Wildlife police reel in a beer party organized by a University of Idaho fraternity on the Grande Ronde River at the bottom of Schumaker Grade in May 2013. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

PUBLIC LANDS — Two Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers followed a tip to find a large college party underway recently on state wildlife lands along the Grand Ronde River at the bottom of Shumaker Grade. 

In the past, these gatherings have resulted in large amounts of litter, destruction of habitat, illegal burning, etc.,” reported Capt. Dan Rahn. The photo one of the officers snapped (above) indicates the 160 students already were getting a good start on trashing Snyder Bar. 

The area is a popular staging and camping area for anglers launching or taking out boats for floating the Grande Ronde.

The party was an annual event organized by a University of Idaho fraternity, according to the officers' report.

“After locating the frat president, the officers issued numerous citations for No Vehicle Access Permits and MIC,” Rahn said.  “They were warned for not having required group permits and advised these gatherings would not be allowed in the future.  They agreed to have all of the litter cleaned up by morning or they would be subject to litter citations and they agreed to not return in the future.  There were a total of 13 kegs of beer on site and the purchasers were identified.  Possible charges of Furnishing to Minor will be forwarded to the Prosecutor.”




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