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Travel Bug Dog Tag The Forgotten Fish: Willamette River Basin Pacific Lamprey

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Sunday, 01 June 2014
Oregon, United States
Recently Spotted:
In Fish Tales #2 Travelbug Hotel

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Current GOAL

I’m a Pacific Lamprey travel bug. Help me migrate! My mission is to swim up to the Willamette River Basin as far as I can get by being placed in caches along or within five miles of the Columbia River and Willamette River. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, tribes and tribal organizations, and others are working to restore my species. I want to visit Oregon State Parks in the Willamette Valley that have official geocaches, and Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery (there's no cache here, so just take a visit, take your picture with me, and find a nearby cache to put me in!). And I have to migrate over Willamette Falls in Oregon City, so make sure I stop by there! Did you know it's one of the only places in the Pacific Northwest where Native American tribes can still harvest lamprey?  

Other places along the way that you may find interesting include Kelly Point Park and Sauvie Island.   If you happen to cross over to Washington, please be sure to stop at Abernathy Fish Technology Center. Be sure to visit Washington State Parks or  Oregon State Parks and other sites along the way in the Basin that might be important to lamprey. Can you find caches near places that might be good habitat for lamprey? 

Please Note:  As with National Wildlife Refuges, it is illegal to leave permanent caches at National Parks and Monuments and other public lands.  However, virtual caches are finding their niche on public lands and activities such as the lamprey travel bug are welcome to visit.  We encourage participants to log their visit, take a picture of the lamprey travel bug, and upload it to's website.  The lamprey travel bug can then be left in a nearby cache. Always check with site staff locally about specific regulations. 

Mission Accomplished??? If you've found me near the headwaters of either the North, Middle, or Coast Fork of the Willamette River...I made it upriver! Now can I get back??? Help me migrate DOWNRIVER to the confluence of the Columbia River adn the Pacific Ocean where I started. Let’s see how many river journeys I can make! 




About This Item

USFWS Pacific Lamprey Travel Bug

Learn More About Pacific Lamprey: 

Why This Bug Was Made: 

This travel bug is truly unique; there are 12 others located in caches across the range of Pacific Lamprey, but each one is hand-carved by Service Visitor Information Specialist Matt How. The inspiration for this travel bug and the 'Forgotten Fish' geocaching project is a desire by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees to not only educate and inspire you and other members of the public to help conserve Pacific Lamprey, but to connect with nature, too. By toting along a species from geocache to geocache or waypoint that doesn't have the charisma star power of say, a Bald eagle or a Pacific salmon, you're helping spread the word about one of the world's oldest and (we think) most interesting fish. We also want to share our passion for our trust species and habitats--they belong to all of us! So take this travel bug, help it along its mission, help us keep tabs on it, and most of all, be safe and have fun. Happy geocaching!  

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Tracking History (28.7mi) View Map

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Dropped Off 08/21/2014 Seawind placed it in Fish Tales #2 Travelbug Hotel Oregon - 28.74 miles  Visit Log

Safe travels! I had intended to grab a photo, but as usual, forgot! Sorry! This is a beautiful travel bug.

Discovered It 08/06/2014 Orange Crash discovered it   Visit Log

This is a really cool TB. I didn't realize we were the first to discover/grab this one. If I had grabbed it 3 days ago I could have dropped it up near the confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the Willamette. Oh well.

Visited 08/06/2014 Seawind took it to WaStatePks100: Cape Disappointment Washington   Visit Log
Grab It (Not from a Cache) 08/06/2014 Seawind grabbed it   Visit Log

Found at Cape Disappointment. I'm now a bit south of the Columbia, but will try to return to a cache closer very soon! Beautiful work on the travel bug!

Write note 08/05/2014 Fishery Resources posted a note for it   Visit Log

Hi there! My journey's ready to start! Are you the first person to find me? If so, take me with you and help me along the way, or just learn more about Pacific lamprey from my Mission page and leave me in this cache for someone else to find and take along.

In any case, CONGRATULATIONS for finding me! Please take a picture with me, and load it to my Trackable page, and, if you're willing to, send a note via Facebook to

Happy Geocaching!

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