The cause of muddied waters, which could have negative effects on fish, drinking water, and irrigation in the Gales Creek area and into other parts of Washington County has been tracked to two large landslides located on the southeast slope of Round Top on Stimson land in the Tillamook Forest.
Over the past few weeks, Gales Creek residents have noticed muddy waters in Gales Creek intermittently, even when it wasn't raining. It's believed the likely culprit is a large landslide on North Fork Gales Creek about two miles south of Reehers Camp.
The Tillamook Forest Center will not open the first weekend in March this year, extending a closure that first began due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 15, 2020. The Oregon Department of Forestry does not know when the center, now shuttered for almost two years, will reopen to the public.