COVID-19: For the latest information on COVID-19 in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority. Resources for reopening and “Building a Safe and Strong Oregon” are available on Governor Brown’s website.
For the latest Oregon State Parks updates, visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page.

COVID-19 Response: Limited camping open

07/06/2020

Updated 12 p.m. June 30, 2020 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which parks are open and which parks are closed?

Many parks are now open for day use and camping. Most cabins, yurts, hiker/biker sites, and group facilities remain closed. Check our Park Status Map for regular updates.

Open campgrounds:

COAST 
Note: Reservations required; no first-come, first-served camping until further notice. All yurts, cabins, and deluxe yurts will all be closed through at least Sept. 30, 2020.  Specific service reductions are on the park page. Please visit the link. 

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VALLEY/GORGE
Note: Service reductions are on the park page. Please visit the link. 

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CENTRAL OREGON:
Note: Service reductions are on the park page. Please visit the link. 

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SOUTHERN OREGON:
Note: Service reductions are on the park page. Please visit the link. 

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EASTERN OREGON:
Note: Service reductions are on the park page. Please visit the link. 

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

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Closed parks and campgrounds

Some state parks will remain closed until at least Sept. 30, 2020. To date, those parks include: 

Other parks may be added to this list. Check our state park status map for the latest information.

 

2. How do I make a reservation?

Reservations are being accepted online at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com and by phone at 800-452-5687. Beginning July 1, new reservations will be accepted one day to 30 days in advance, for stays that begin within this time period. This is a change from the typical nine month reservation window. New sites will come online at midnight each night. Not all sites at all parks are available, and many were already reserved before the system closed. 

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

See the Cancellations and Refunds section below for more information. 

 

3. 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:

 

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. Why are some parks still closed?

The reality is that revenues have fallen drastically during the pandemic, and in turn we drastically cut back on seasonal hiring that we depend on to run parks in the summer. We simply do not have the staff to keep all parks open in a way that keeps visitors and staff safe. Some parks will remain closed through at least Labor Day. We apologize for the disruption.


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 reservation fee.


7. What campgrounds are opening next?

Selected other campgrounds may open later this summer or fall, as conditions allow. We will add them to the list at the top of the page. Also check our Park Status Map for regular updates on open parks.

 

8. My yurt/cabin was cancelled. Can I use the site to camp in my tent or RV?

No. These sites are closed to all types of camping. With limited staff and resources, we cannot spare additional rangers to staff closed cabin and yurt loops even if you are only tent camping or staying in an RV at the site. Additionally, some cabin and yurt sites do not have driveway space for RVs, nor do they have hookups. 

 

What to Expect

9. 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

 

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

Please prepare:

And care:

Watch our Prepare + Care video here.

 

Cancellations and Refunds

11. I have a reservation this summer. What’s your cancellation policy?

Many campgrounds and facilities are closed through at least July 31. Reservations from the start of the closure on March 23 through July 31 are being cancelled and fees refunded, including the $8 reservation fee. This does not include reservations that begin on or include July 31.

If you wish to cancel a reservation for a stay that starts July 31 or after, standard cancellation and refund policies apply.

Note: Some campgrounds and facilities are closed until at least Sept. 7 or later. These reservations are also being cancelled and fees refunded.

We are processing refunds as fast as we can. You will be notified by email if your reservation is cancelled or modified. 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.

 

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. The Pacific Coast Passport is not part of the day-use parking permit extensions. For more details, see our Day-Use Permit Extension page.

 

13. Can I get my tax dollars back since you are operating with reduced services?

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.

 

14. If services are reduced, why are you charging full price?
The pandemic has redefined “normal” in many areas of our lives, including camping in state parks. We didn’t hire our normal crew of seasonal staff, but we have even more work to do to maintain new, strict cleaning protocols. As a result, we have had to close some facilities like showers and playgrounds where we do not have adequate resources and staff. Details on our budget can be found here.

Your reservation fee covers the cost of your site and basic amenities like electric hookups and water (depending on type of site), as well as access to a restroom, as outlined in the Oregon Administrative Rules. That fee is critical for sustaining the state park system and allowing us to return to pre-COVID-19 service levels.

 

Other Park Closures

15. Are beaches open?

Many beach accesses are now open. Check our Park Status Map for regular updates on open parks.

Cities and counties can 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.
 

16. Are park RV dump stations open?

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

 

17. Are boat launches open?

If the park is closed, so is the boat launch. Some boat launches inside open state parks are closed. Please check the park's webpage. 

 

18. What about parks managed by other agencies?

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

 

 


Respect the closures. Closed means closed.

Stay home. Save lives.