COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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Oct 8, 2021

Planning to visit a state park Aug. 27 and beyond? An outdoor mask requirement is in place at crowded state park viewpoints, trailheads, and any outdoor location where it's difficult to maintain physical distance. Look for signs at those locations, just as we did last summer.  The mask requirement applies to visitors older than 5 regardless of vaccination status. If you're just passing someone on a trail or in an uncrowded area, masks are not required.

Masks are required indoors for everyone, vaccinated or not, in keeping with Oregon Health Authority guidance.

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 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.

Thank you for your patience as we ramp up to pre-pandemic service levels.

I want to book a group campsite or day-use area for a wedding or special event. How might my event be affected by COVID-19?

OPRD follows the COVID-19 guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control. Anyone considering scheduling an event should be aware that they must follow all COVID-19 safety requirements in place at the time their event occurs. If the guidance changes, it could mean OPRD will need to limit capacity or close the facility or space and cancel all reservations. If OPRD must cancel your reservation, it will issue a full refund.

You can cancel group camps and group day-use areas up to 30 days before your arrival date for a full refund (minus transaction fees). For cancellations within 30 days of your exact arrival date, OPRD will retain the first night/day-use fee and transaction fees.

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

Yes, indoors and outdoors, even if you're vaccinated. This includes meeting halls, visitor centers, and restroom/shower buildings. An outdoor mask requirement is in place at crowded state park viewpoints, trailheads, and any outdoor location where it's difficult to maintain physical distance. Look for signs at those locations, just as we did last summer.  The mask requirement applies to visitors older than 5 regardless of vaccination status. If you're just passing someone on a trail or in an uncrowded area, masks are not required. Please respect the choices other people make.

When will park programs resume?

Where staffing allows, park programs—such as guided hikes, junior ranger programs, and evening campfire programs— have resumed. 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?

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Oregon. OPRD is keeping a close watch on Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control guidelines in case additional restrictions and capacity levels need to change.