State park camping guide during COVID-19

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Jan 1, 2021

Camping Guide

We’re excited to have you staying in our parks, but your experience will be different. COVID-19 is still a reality in Oregon, and we are following guidelines from the Governor's Office and Oregon Health Authority to keep visitors and staff safe.

Don't forget to read our day-use guide too, if you haven't already. And check our COVID-19 response FAQ for the latest updates. 

What to expect

Extra precautions are in place

We have implemented strict cleaning protocols and adapted processes to create a safe experience for visitors and staff. For example, you'll notice park rangers are wearing masks around visitors and each other, and plexiglass barriers have been installed in offices and registration booths. In some locations, restrooms or facilities may be closed if we do not have the staff to maintain deep cleaning schedules.

Some campground sites may be closed
Several campgrounds are only partially open. The reasons vary: proximity of sites, staffing shortages, and availability of equipment are all factors. The best thing you can do is know before you go. Check our Park Status Map for the latest information about what camping areas are open or closed. Campground loop and site closures will also be reflected on our reservation website. Also, some campgrounds close for the winter in October and November. 

Cabins and yurts may be closed
Some cabins and yurts across the state are still closed. Open cabins and yurts may have modified check in and check out times and will require a one-day rest period between reservations to allow for deep cleaning.

Group camping areas may be closed
It’s difficult to maintain OHA-recommended 6 feet from others in group camping areas, so for the safety of visitors and staff, these areas may be closed. Where open, staff have removed some of the picnic tables to discourage large groups. 

Limited availability of shower and restroom facilities
Each park will have at least one restroom open for campers. Shower facility availability will vary by park dependent on staffing availability and cleaning supplies. We recommend scouting which restrooms are open right after you arrive, to ensure you aren’t caught off-guard later. Look for posted signs on restroom doors indicating when the facility will be closed for deep cleaning.

Please be courteous of other campers when using facilities: try to maintain physical distance, wear a face covering, and wash your hands frequently. And if a restroom is closed, please respect that closure.

Limited ranger-led programs

With our limited ranger staff focused on visitor health and safety, we’re scaling back our ranger-led programs. Most park events have been canceled too; check the events calendar for details.

Park rangers are extra busy
The pandemic protocols take extra time, and as a result some non-essential tasks, such as grounds keeping, are happening less often. You can help by being kind and courteous: keep the park clean of garbage, follow all posted guidelines, and respect other park users.

Normal park rules still apply
Please follow all other established park rules. Read our Statewide FAQ if you need a refresher.

Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details.