Two Rescued from Cultus Lake Tuesday

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

GLIDE, Ore. - On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Douglas County Dispatch received a call from 33 year-old Brad Barron of Canyonville. Barron told dispatchers he and his wife were stranded in the snow near Cultus Lake and were in need of rescue. Cultus Lake is in Douglas County is located at 43.1188 -122.9505.

Deputies learned that Barron and his wife had left their residence and drove to Cultus Lake on Monday, January 13th. While at the lake, they began to experience vehicle problems and ended up staying the night. Over night, a large amount of snow fell which added to the complications of their trip.

Barron had walked several miles in the snow until he was able to obtain cell service and summon assistance. 

Douglas County Search and Rescue dispatched its snowcat and a tracked side-by-side. It took Search and Rescue crews approximately 9 hours to reach the stranded subjects due to the significant amount of snow and several downed trees blocking the roadway. When rescue crews arrived, both Barron and his wife were cold, but in otherwise good condition. No medical assistance was required. Search and Rescue were able to rescue the Barrons from the snow and delivered them safely to waiting family members. 

The equipment utilized in this rescue was made possible by the diligent efforts and support of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Sgt. Brad O'Dell said, "The equipment proved to be invaluable in this rescue. We would like to extend our thanks to the Board of Commissioners for their support of SAR and their mission."

O'Dell said this incident is a good reminder to be prepared when venturing outdoors."It is always important to prepare and plan ahead for hazardous conditions or unexpected emergencies." For additional information, please visit