Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and partners Adopt a Charger (AAC) and electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian are installing Rivian Waypoint EV charging stations at several Oregon State Parks as a pilot project.

The state park locations include Level 2 chargers, which are compatible with all EV models currently on the road. The open-network chargers can add up to 25 miles of driving range for each hour they are plugged in. EV motorists can easily top-up on miles in day-use parking areas while they picnic, walk and explore. Drivers can monitor their vehicle's charging session via the Rivian app.

Destination charging allows EV owners to confidently make trips and top-up to get enough charge for their return trips. As more Oregonians and visitors choose to drive electric, OPRD is committed to supporting electric vehicle use and encouraging eco-friendly tourism.

Fundraising by AAC brought plastic manufacturer Entec Polymers as a private donor to cover the cost of electricity for charging for a limited time. Rivian, working through AAC, donated the installation design, construction costs and EV chargers.

Where can you charge your car?

State Parks Charging Location & Quantity Status
Silver Falls State Park 4 stations in the South Falls day-use parking lot Live
Banks-Vernonia State Trail 2 stations in the Banks Trailhead parking lot Live
L.L Stub Stewart State Park 3 stations in the Welcome Center parking lot Live
Rooster Rock State Park 4 stations in the main parking lot TBD
Cape Lookout State Park 2 stations in the day-use parking lot Live
William M. Tugman State Park 2 stations in the day-use parking lot Live
Prineville Reservoir State Park 2 stations in the side parking lot near the day-use lot Live
The Cove Palisades State Park 2 stations in the Crooked River day-use parking lot Live


What is the charging etiquette?

  • Only park in EV Charging spots if you have an electric vehicle that will be actively charging.
  • Be courteous to other EV drivers and move your vehicle after you have enough charge to get to your next destination.

If you are visiting a park that requires a day-use parking permit, you must still purchase and display your 12- month, 24- month or daily parking permit while you charge.

Do I have to pay?

Charging your vehicles is not free at state parks. However, a private donation by Entec is covering the cost of public charging until 2025, after which users must pay for their own charging. NOTE: If the park you are visiting requires a day-use parking fee, you must pay the fee to use the charging stations.

What if there is an issue?

Please call 1-888-RIVIAN-1 to report any technical issues with the charging stations. OPRD staff cannot help troubleshoot the technical problems. If there is a safety issue, please report it to a park ranger so they can properly cone off the area.

What’s next?

This pilot project will run for a couple years with monthly review on the charging data. As we learn more about our visitor experiences and use, we will look at expanding charging projects to more parks and areas. If you have any comments, questions or want to share your experience, please email park.info@oregon.gov.

Adopt a Charger is a nationwide 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of electric vehicles by providing charging stations at scenic, cultural and civic destinations.

Rivian exists to create products and services that help our planet transition to carbon neutral energy and transportation as part of its mission — Keep The World Adventurous Forever.

Rivian Waypoints charging network

Entec Polymers is the largest distribution channel of the Ravago group. They are engaged in the distribution of recycled and recyclable polymers for many diverse markets and act as the driving force behind the material solutions for many major automotive OEMs and Tier 1 Manufacturers across the Americas and beyond. Its mission is to lead and inspire collaboration for a sustainable future by investing resources in emerging markets, including e-mobility.