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COVID-19 Response: Limited day-use open at some parks, camping coming soon

05/21/2020

Updated: 10:00 a.m. May 21, 2020 

Some parks are now open to limited daytime use. Camping will resume at some parks on a limited basis on June 9. . Check our Park Status Map for information. More parks are opening throughout the week—check back regularly.


Read the full press release on limited day-use operations  and resuming camping on a limited basis at some parks.

 

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 until and through June 8, 2020 at least. Some parks may open for limited camping on June 9. Cabins, yurts, group camping, and hiker/biker sites may remain closed.
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: As of April 28, we have suspended all new camping and facility reservations. We will open up reservations when we have a reopening date. Existing reservations for stays after June 8 are not affected at this time (see #7, below).

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:

 

3. Why are only some parks open right now?

We are opening parks for limited day-use carefully and methodically, and after consultation with local communities and health authorities. Some parks need to stay closed longer, especially areas with communities that are not ready for an influx of visitors. The Columbia River Gorge, the North Coast, and other parks are not ready to welcome visitors at this time. 

 

4. What should we expect now that some parks are open for daytime visits?

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 also expect new restrictions that discourage group gatherings and congestion. Watch our Prepare + Care video here.

Please prepare:

If there’s space at the park, please:

5. Why can’t we go camping right now? Day use seems to cluster more people together.

Camping requires further travel and congregates people into one area for longer periods of time. We’re opening for limited day-use with the expectation that people will not travel long  distances, or into communities that are not yet ready for campers and long-term visitors. We expect people to keep a safe distance from one another—at least 6 feet.  If this is does not happen, we may have to close parks again.

Nearly all of our parks have spots or trails where you can get away from other people. The problem is that our parks also have common areas where large numbers of people congregate: restrooms, parking areas, trailheads, narrow bridge crossings, etc. Those choke points make it extremely hard to practice physical distancing

Those choke points, coupled with the likely huge numbers of people cramming into parks the moment the sun comes out, would be a worst-case scenario for COVID-19 transmission. Please be sure to keep distance away from others and wear a face covering in places where there are more people.

We are preparing to open up for camping in some parks beginning June 9th. We will announce the specific parks and amenities by the end of May. Please check back on this page then.
 

6. What happens if someone sneaks into a closed park?

Not everything is open or operating at full service levels. Closed is closed. We lock restrooms, stop trash service, and it’s not safe for you to go into a closed park or closed areas of a park. If we see you in a closed area, we’ll ask you to leave. If you refuse, we can issue you a citation. If that’s not persuasive enough, we can call law enforcement. We don’t want to do that, and they don’t need the hassle.

 

Cancellations and refunds

7. I have a reservation in May and/or June. What’s your cancellation policy?

All existing 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 includes reservations that begin on or include June 8.

If you wish to cancel a reservation for a stay that starts June 9 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.

 

8. Why can't I make a new reservation for sometime after June 8?

As of April 28, we are temporarily suspending all new reservations, for both camping and day-use facilities. This is due to the rapidly changing health emergency, and the expense of processing cancellations. We will resume taking reservations once an opening plan and dates are in place. We will announce opening dates for reservations on this website and through social media when we know them.

 

9. 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.

 

10. 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

11. 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.
 

12. Are park RV dump stations open?

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

 

13. Are boat launches open?

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

 

Remember:

 

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

 


Respect the closures. Closed means closed.

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