Recreational Activities

In addition to your time at the conference, attendees may enjoy fishing trips and winery tours from outside vendors.  Please see the list below for activities that may interest you.  Please note that costs are not included with conference registration and you must contact the tour guides on your own to register.

Jumping Coho SalmonFishing Trips

  • Ted Teufel, Pro Fish Guide Services:  Ted will be fishing the Tillamook Bay for Spring Chinook during the week of the conference.  Tillamook is 2 hours from Corvallis.  He is in high demand during June, so make your reservations as soon as you can.  He can be reached at 503-803-2616.  If he is busy when you want to go out, he will refer you to another guide.  
  • Hammerdown Guide Service: Geoff and Tyler are local guides from Corvallis. Potential fishing opportunities in late June include chasing rainbow and cutthroat trout in the Upper Willamette and McKenzie rivers or spring Chinook and summer steelhead in the Mid-Willamette and Santiam River. The guides are in high demand so make reservations early! Geoff and Tyler can be contacted through their website.
  • Newport Tradewinds Deep Sea Fishing – Newport: Interested in an ocean charter close to Corvallis? Check out the services provided by Newport Tradewinds, approximately 1 hr west of Corvallis. Schedule a charter for rockfish and ling cod, Chinook and coho salmon, and halibut. Tradewinds also charters whale tours and other excursions. Call to book your trip. 541-265-2101.
  • Dockside Charters, Inc. – Depot Bay: Interested in an ocean charter? Check out the services provided by Dockside in Depot Bay, approximately 1.5 hrs northwest of Corvallis. Schedule a charter for rockfish and ling cod, Chinook and coho salmon, and halibut. Dockside also charters gray whale tours. Call to book your trip. (800) 733-8915.

Southern Willamette Valley Winery Tour


  • Brigadoon Wine Co
  • Spindrift Cellars
  • Lumos Wine Company
  • Illahe

Date & Duration: Offered on both Thursday, June 22nd and Friday, June 23rd from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day

Meals: Picnic style lunch provided

Trip Fee: $50 (single day)

Contact Michael La Vella, owner of Higher Cellar, at 503-442-1397 or for reservation and payment.

Important Information: The tour will be provided by Mr. Michael La Vella of Higher Cellar (, a Corvallis-based winery tour provider. The Willamette Valley Winery Tour will be offered two separate days. The trip fee is for a single day. The tour will depart from the Hilton Garden Inn next to the Oregon State University campus at 10:00 AM and will be returning by 5:00 PM. For those not staying at the Hilton, other drop off points in Corvallis will be provided.

Tasting fees will vary from $5-$10 per winery and will commonly be refunded with purchase. The price of the tasting fee will include the equivalent of 1 glass of wine.

Description: The Willamette Valley (AVA) is home to one of the world’s premier Pinot Noir producing regions. There are many great examples of cool weather grapes throughout the valley that are cultivated and guided along by passionate individuals. With over 420 wineries, the region has boundless microclimates and styles to explore. The affordable price point for some excellent wines and beautiful views are a major attractions for touring wineries in the southern Willamette Valley.

The tour will begin at Brigadoon, which is 40 minutes south of Corvallis just off the 99. Matt Shown (Winemaker) will meet us to guide us through Brigadoon’s estate wines. Matt will share his local knowledge and provide us with a review of the Brigadoon barrel room. Brigadoon also has a reputation for environmental stewardship and sustainability.

From Brigadoon we will venture northwest to an urban winery, Spindrift. Matt Compton (winemaker) has over 20 years of experience. Having started his career managing the research vineyard at OSU, Matt is equally involved in procuring the vines as he is making the wines. Matt relies on multiple vineyard sites to take full advantage of the multi-climate conditions that the south valley can provide.

15 minutes north will find us at the picturesque destination of Lumos Wine Company. Recently named in Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries, the rustic barn made tasting room and award-wining wines, Lumos is the perfect destination to sit and enjoy lunch overlooking the estate vines.

The final stop will see us head northeast to Illahe. A sustainable Vineyard and Winery, utilizing gravity fed winemaking, green energy and rainwater harvesting (no irrigation). Beautiful wines with a gorgeous south facing view of the estate.

To indicate preferred day, any dietary restrictions, and to reserve your spot on the tour please contact Michael La Vella directly 503-442-1397 or