Learn how to forage for Fort Stevens mushrooms -2012
State Park Ranger Dane Osis knows his mushrooms. For the past eight years, he has helped Fort Stevens State Park visitors identify fungi that grow in the park. Fall is prime mushroom season and you can join Ranger Dane on guided mushroom hikes and programs in October and November.
Friday Wild Mushroom Hikes begin with a brief introduction at Battery Russell, but then you’re off on an
1 1/2-hour mushroom forage. Ranger Dane can help you identify edible mushrooms and steer you away from ones that you don’t want to eat. On Saturdays, meet at Picnic Shelter A at Coffenbury Lake for a more in-depth program on wild mushrooms followed by a short mushroom hunt. Both Friday and Saturday programs begin at 1 p.m. Visit the Oregon State Park event calendar for dates.
What makes Fort Stevens a good place to find mushrooms? Ranger Dane says it’s a combination of climate and vegetation. He added that the 4,000-acre park has a coastal Sitka spruce forest that helps King Bolete and lobster mushrooms grow.
What you need to know about mushrooms:
- Don’t eat it if you don’t know what it is.
- Use a reliable field guide to identify mushrooms you intend to eat.
- Harvesting small quantities of mushrooms at Fort Stevens is allowed for personal use. Picking in the campground is prohibited. Search in the day-use areas.
- Mushroom gathering regulations vary by state park. Always check with park staff before you harvest mushrooms.
Fort Stevens State Park (park information, maps and driving directions)