Smith Creek Village at Silver Falls 2021

March 10, 2021

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting proposals for operating Smith Creek Village at Silver Falls, formerly known as Silver Falls Conference Center, and South Falls Lodge Café at Silver Falls State Park. 

Visit the State of Oregon ORPIN website to find and download the Request for Proposal. Note: You must be logged in to the ORPIN System to view and download documents.  

  • Find the RFP by selecting "Browse Opportunities" and then select "By Organization".
  • Scroll to and then select: 41 - OPRD - Agency - OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION.
  • Find an open the OPRD-3121-21 link.

Silver Falls State Park, located east of Salem, is approximately 9,000 acres and sees 1.3 million day-use visitors annually. The café is located inside the historic South Falls Lodge near the iconic South Falls. The café is also near the trailhead for the nationally recognized Trail of Ten Falls and the South Falls Day-use Area, which includes picnicking, bicycling and a small swim area, as well as trailheads for shorter hikes.

Smith Creek Village is located at the south end of the park and includes The Ranches, now called Davidson Ranch and Rolling Hills Ranch (two separate large overnight facilities with commercial kitchens), 13 cabins and 4 group overnight lodges, as well outdoor event space and historic buildings and meeting areas built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. An additional commercial kitchen that can be used for a conference center restaurant is located in one historic building.

Visit the Silver Falls State Park web page for more information about the park.

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