COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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Jul 8, 2021

Oregon State Parks is excited to welcome you back to a near-normal park experience! We have lifted all COVID-19 safety measures, including group site capacity limits as well as mask and distancing requirements, in keeping with Governor Kate Brown's June 30 order. However, not all group sites are open or operating at full capacity yet. Thank you for your patience as we ramp up to pre-pandemic service levels.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions:

I reserved a group campsite or day-use facility with a capacity limit. How do I expand my group size?

We have removed capacity limits for some group sites and facilities. You will receive an email from OPRD if you have a reservation for a group site with a change to the maximum capacity. Some sites charge a per-person fee for additional attendees, and extra vehicle fees may apply. For details and to change your reservation, call Reserve America at 800-452-5687.

Maximum capacity varies depending on site type — to check site capacity, go to our reservation site, oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com.

Why are some group sites and meeting halls still closed?

At some locations, especially on the coast, we are not fully staffed with seasonal rangers and volunteer hosts. That means some programs and facilities will continue to be limited through 2021. Closed group sites and meeting halls will reopen as soon we have the staff to keep them clean and maintained. Closed facilities are shown as “unavailable” on our reservation site, oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com.

Do I still have to wear a mask at state parks?

You’ll notice we’ve removed signs related to masks and physical distancing. However, we still strongly encourage masks and distancing for people who are not fully vaccinated, or are advised by their doctor to continue these protective measures.

Staff will still wear masks in congested areas and have the option of wearing a mask in other settings.

Visitors are welcome to continue wearing masks if it makes them feel comfortable. Please continue to respect the choices other people make.

When will park programs resume?

Where staffing allows, park programs are slowly resuming, such as guided hikes, junior ranger programs, and evening campfire programs. Check our Event Calendar for details, or check with park staff during your stay.

When will closed buildings and rental services reopen?

Many park visitor centers and iconic buildings such as Vista House and lighthouses closed during the pandemic. Equipment rental services were also closed. These will slowly reopen as staffing allows. Check individual park pages for updates.

What about the Delta variant? Will restrictions return?

Some parts of the country where the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading have resumed masks and social distancing. OPRD is keeping a close watch on Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control guidelines in case restrictions and capacity levels need to change again.