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COVID-19 Response: Limited camping announced

06/03/2020

Updated 9:25 a.m. June 3, 2020 

Oregon State Parks reopened the following first-come, first-served (FCFS) campgrounds with limited services on Friday May 29, 2020:

Campgrounds opening June 9

COAST 
Note: All group camping, cabins and yurts closed. No walk-in or first come, first-served camping until further notice. Additional services or changes will be on park page. Please visit the link. 

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VALLEY/GORGE
Notes: All group camping, cabins and yurts closed unless noted below. Additional services or changes will be on park page. Please visit the link. 

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CENTRAL & EASTERN OREGON:
Note: All group camping, cabins and yurts closed unless otherwise noted. Additional services or changes will be on park page. Please visit the link. 


Read the full press release on limited camping resuming at some state parks.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which parks are you opening and when?

Check our Park Status Map for regular updates on open parks.

Decisions about when and where to open are guided by Gov. Kate Brown’s reopening framework, which prioritizes public health and local communities’ readiness to welcome visitors.

Camping is closed at most parks until and through June 8, 2020 at least. Some parks may open for limited camping on June 9. Other parks may be ready for first come, first-served camping as early as May 29, 2020.  Most cabins, yurts, group camping, and hiker/biker sites may remain closed. See above for the full list.

Reservations for most yurts and cabins, and group camping and group day-use, are still subject to cancellation. Visitors holding those reservations will be contacted if a cancellation is required.

Reservations: Reservations will be accepted online at https://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ and by phone at 800-452-5687, beginning Wednesday, June 3 at noon Pacific time. New reservations will be accepted one day to two weeks in advance only, instead of the previous one day to 9 months in advance, which had been in place for years. New sites will come online at midnight each night, in keeping with the 2 week window. Not all sites at all parks are available, and many were already reserved before the system closed. No walk-in or first-come, first-served camping will be available on the coast until further notice.

Reservations for day-use sites are still subject to cancellation. Visitors with these reservations will be contacted if cancellations happen.

 

2. How will you reopen safely?

All decisions about reopening follow recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority and are based on these main points:

In order to reopen a campground, these general conditions must be met:

In order to keep a park or campground open, these general conditions must be met:

 

3. Why are these campgrounds—and only these campgrounds—opening now?

Because circumstances converged nicely. Park staffing, operational details, public health status and local community readiness enabled these parks to reopen a few days before the planned date of June 9. That date, like the ones that will follow, is an approximate timeline that the agency always hopes to exceed. Where we can open early, we will as part of our ongoing effort to get visitors back into parks.

 

4. Why are only some of the camp loops open at a particular park?

Our ability to open camp loops depends both on staffing and our ability to maintain the facilities.

 

5. Not all FCFS parks in eastern Oregon are opening. Why not?
Some parks, like Bates, are further away from duty stations and thus take longer to service. Seasonal jobs have been delayed or cut back dramatically. Park operations have to make use of the best “economies of scale” in this unprecedented time.


6. My campsite is in a park or loop that isn’t reopening, what should I do?
You don’t need to do anything. We’ll take care of the cancellations and refunds, including the $8.00 reservation fee.


7. What campgrounds are opening next?

Selected other campgrounds will open with limited service June 9, 2020 or earlier for some other FCFS camping.  Some of those campgrounds will be reservation campgrounds. Reservations for those campgrounds will open next week for stays beginning June 9. We will announce the exact date and time early next week.

 

What to Expect

8. What should I expect when I visit a state park? 

Because of the closure, we did not bring on our usual seasonal staff and volunteer hosts. Staffing is very limited and will continue to be limited as we slowly welcome back visitors. Please understand that service levels may not be what you are used to, and areas and buildings within the park may be closed. Visitors should plan for the following service reductions and changes: 

More information about what to expect while camping is posted here. Find out more about visiting for the day here

 

9. What can I do to help keep parks open?

Please prepare:

And care:

Watch our Prepare + Care video here.

Cancellations and refunds

10. I have a reservation in June. What’s your cancellation policy?

For campgrounds opening June 9: Reservations from the start of the closure on March 23 through the night of June 8 are being cancelled and fees refunded, including the $8 reservation fee. This does not include reservations that begin on or include June 9.

For campgrounds that don’t have an opening date: Reservations from the start of the closure on March 23 through June 22 are being cancelled and fees refunded, including the $8 reservation fee. This does not include reservations that begin on or include June 23.

You will be notified if your reservation is cancelled or modified.

If you wish to cancel a reservation for a stay that starts June 23 or after, standard cancellation and refund policies apply.

We are processing refunds as fast as we can. If you do not see your refund within 10 business days of receiving notification that your cancellation is processing, please contact us at 800-551-6949 or park.info@oregon.gov.

11. How do I make new reservations?

Reservations will be accepted online at https://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ and by phone at 800-452-5687, beginning Wednesday, June 3 at noon Pacific time. New reservations will be accepted one day to two weeks in advance only, instead of one day to 9 months in advance, which had been in place for years. New sites will come online at midnight each night, in keeping with the 2 week window. Not all sites at all parks are available, and many were already reserved before the system closed. No walk-in or first-come, first-served camping will be available on the coast until further notice.

 

12. What about my day-use parking permit?

Since our state park system was closed to all public use from March 23 to May 6, and did not substantially re-open to day-use until the week of May 11, we will add time to 12 and 24-month parking permits that were unable to be used during our closures.

Two months will be added to all 12 and 24-month state park parking permits currently valid and in circulation. This extension applies to 12-month permits purchased starting in March 2019, and 24-month permits purchased starting in March 2018.

Any 12 or 24-month pass purchased in May 2020 or later will expire normally.
For more details, see our Day-Use Permit Extension page.

 

13. Can I get my tax dollars back since you are not operating?

Oregon State Parks does not operate with any general fund tax dollars. Park operations are funded through three main sources: Lottery revenue, user fees, and a portion of RV registration proceeds.

 

Other park closures

14. Are beaches open?

Access to the beaches has opened in some central and south coast park areas, yes. Check the map.

Cities and counties can also ask the state's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to close beaches within the city or county boundaries. We will honor requests approved by the OEM.
 

15. Are park RV dump stations open?

If the park is closed, so is the dump station. Commercial providers may still be open.

 

16. Are boat launches open?

Some boat launches inside closed state parks are closed. Please check for parks with limited day-use openings and including boat ramps.

 

17. What about parks managed by other agencies?

For other land management agencies and their updates, please visit:

 


Respect the closures. Closed means closed.

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