Most parks post hours at the entrance. Day-use parks are generally open from dawn to dusk. When the park is closed, you cannot enter or stay in the park.
Many state parks have access to lakes, reservoirs and rivers, and some have designated swim beaches. For a list, go to the Find a Park webpage and search for parks with boating or fishing. Individual park pages will list specific information. The Parks Guide also provides information on parks with swimming.
All swimming areas are unsupervised. You are responsible for your own safety. Do not swim, float, paddle or boat without a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket, and making sure it fits properly, saves lives. Remember: many of our lakes, rivers, and reservoirs are filled by snow runoff and remain cold year round. And even water that look calm could have swift currents and hidden obstructions beneath the surface.
You might. To determine the type of permit you need and purchasing details, check the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website at https://myodfw.com/articles/waterway-access-and-aquatic-invasive-species-permits.
Showers are offered to registered campers, and individual parks may offer non-camper $2 showers if they feel they have the resources to provide them.
The following parks allow non-camper $2 showers as of March 2022.
Installation of Level 2 EV chargers are underway in selected day-use parking areas as a pilot project. Visit the Electric Vehicle Charging Station web page for a list of parks and updates on the project.
Campground quiet hours are from 10 p.m.–7 a.m.
Usually, a maximum of eight campers are allowed per site. Some sites permit only 6 people per site. Yurts and cabins hold five to eight people, depending on the location. The park manager has the final say.
Some campgrounds allow extra vehicles at each campsite. Some allow extra vehicle parking only in overflow areas. Check with campground staff before you park an extra vehicle at your site—a $7 extra vehicle fee for campers may apply . What's an extra vehicle? In addition to the car or RV you drive into the park, you may tow one additional car or truck at no charge. If you drive an additional vehicle, the $7 fee kicks in.
Campers arriving on motorcycles are allowed two motorcycles per campsite. The $7 extra vehicle fee applies to a third motorcycle.
Campfires are allowed only in park-provided fire rings or fireplaces, and those portions of the beach where fires are allowed. Beach fires are only allowed in dry, open sand away from grass and driftwood. Valve-operated, portable propane stoves may be used only in established campsites, picnic areas and designated beaches where fires are allowed. Additional fire restrictions may be in place, and some parks ban campfires and other wildfire hazards nearly every summer. Watch for signs and go to the webpage of the park you plan to visit for current information.
Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by getting your firewood at the campground, or close to it. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference. For more information, visit dontmovefirewood.org.
You must be 18 years old or older to reserve or rent campsites, cabins, yurts or other overnight facilities. The registered camper is responsible for the activities of everyone at the site.
There are six basic types of campsites, as well as accessible campsites. Accessible campsites generally are the same as the descriptions below; however, they are accessible according to Americans with Disabilities Act standards including accessible parking space, a clear path of travel to the facility and adherence to established ADA guidelines at that facility. On this website, accessible facilities are indicated on park web pages in the Amenities and Features icons.
For specific information, call the Oregon State Parks Information Line at 1-800-551-6949 (Oregon relay for the hearing impaired: dial 7-1-1).
Generally, check-in for campsites, yurts, cabins and tepees is 4 p.m. and check-out is 1 p.m. Individual parks may have modified times due to special circumstances. Those will be communicated in your camping receipt.
Most campgrounds can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet in length, but site lengths vary greatly, even within the same park. Remember that you must also be able to fit your tow vehicle onto the paved driveway. Let’s say your RV is 25 feet long and you’re towing it with a 22-foot vehicle. You will need a site at least 47 feet long.
Site lengths are listed on the individual park pages at reserveamerica.com.
Check with Information Center, 800-551-6949, for more information.
Many state parks offer camping areas for campers hiking or bicycling into the park (without motor vehicle support). An overnight stay is $7 - $8 per person and the maximum stay is 3 consecutive days in a 7-day period, per campground (except for Harris Beach State Park, which allows 3 days in a 14-day period). The camping areas are first-come, first-served and usually include shared fire rings and picnic tables. Some also include charging stations and/or fix-it stations. Water and restrooms may be some distance away. See Find A Park to search for parks with hiker/biker areas.
You can stay 14 consecutive nights in a regular campsite, yurt or cabin in a single campground, and may return after spending at least three nights out of the park (it can be another state park campground; in fact, we recommend you DO select another state park campground). The maximum time allowed within any campground is 14 nights within any 17-night period. The maximum stay for hiker/biker sites is 3 consecutive days in a 7 day period, per campground.
We will hold your reservation until 1 pm the day after your scheduled day of arrival. You will still be charged for the previous night. If you do not check in by this time, your reservation(s) will be canceled, and you will be responsible for the first night’s fee, reservation fee and any applicable transaction fees.
Your site must remain physically occupied each night for the remainder of the reservation stay.
The majority of state campgrounds accept reservations. While reservations are not required, they are recommended, especially during the summer and on weekends and holidays year-round.
At campgrounds that accept reservations, any unreserved site is available for one night with the exception of coastal parks, which require an online reservation that can be made from anywhere, including the park via a digital device or a park ranger, if space is available. Campers who secure a first-come-first-served site and wish to stay additional nights are asked to make a reservation at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com, or check with a park ranger.
Some campgrounds have first-come, first-served campsites seasonally or year-round. See our First-come, First-Served Camping page for information.
The question isn't whether you can, but should you?
We want you to know the risks when reselling or buying campsite and cabin/yurt reservations between third-parties. We discourage both.
For your reference, the Oregon Administrative Rule that applies to the situation above is OAR 736-015-0015 Reservations
Our Oregon State Parks Information operators are happy to answer your questions. Call 1 800 551-6949 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or send us an email through our Contact Us web page
Starting June 30, 2023, all campgrounds on the coast will allow visitors to make same-day camping reservations online as part of a pilot program. Previously, visitors could only make online reservations 24 hours in advance of their arrival date. Now visitors can make online reservations on the same day that they plan to camp.
Why is the coast offering same-day reservations?
The coast is the busiest region in the Oregon State Parks system with nearly 2 million camper nights reserved each year. Online reservations offer the security of knowing that you have a site booked before you visit the park.
Online reservations also give park staff more time to offer interpretive opportunities, maintain park facilities and landscapes and provide a safe camping experience.
Does this apply to other regions?
No. The same-day online reservations is only available at the coast at this time.
How do I make an online reservation?
Making online reservations is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Go to https://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com, enter a state, city or zip code, select camping and add your dates and type of camping. (Sign in first or create a new account if you do not already have one).
2. Click on a park in the search results from Step 1 that says “available” and look for blue icons on the map to see what is open for reservations.
3. Click on a site and then “book these dates” when you find one that you want. Follow the prompts to add your registration information and to pay. You will get a confirmation email. If you have any reservation questions, you can call (800) 452-5687 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Are advanced online reservations required at the coast?
No. You can still visit the campground and check online or with staff during booth hours to see if there are any available sites. For best availability, we highly recommend online reservations.
How do you book a campsite while at a coastal park?
There are multiple ways to make a reservation at the park. However, we highly recommend making a reservation before you arrive.
• Use your mobile device to make an online reservation while at the park by visiting https://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com* Make sure you complete the booking/reservation process to secure your site. If you wait for a ranger to book it, the site might be gone.
• Use your mobile device to scan the QR code on park signs for reservations.* Make sure you complete the booking/reservation process to secure your site. If you wait for a ranger to book it, the site might be gone.
• Find a ranger during open booth hours to help book a site.
• Some parks will offer a handful of first-come-first served campsites (Not available during summer). For those sites, use the self-service kiosk if available or follow directions posted at the park.
*OPRD is installing free limited Wi-Fi for reservation access at beach campground registration booths where it can, but it is currently not available at Honeyman. Availability at all other parks depends on park conditions, time and connectivity. Look for the reservation signs for login information.
Can I still use cash or check to pay for my campsite at the coast?
Yes, as long as there is a ranger available to help make your reservation at the park, but ranger availability is limited depending on the time and location. Self-service kiosks will remain at a handful of parks, but they will not be available at all parks and not operational for all seasons. Another option is to purchase a reloadable pre-paid credit card with cash wherever they are sold to make online reservations.
Do I still have to pay the $8 reservation fee for same-day reservations at the coast?
No. OPRD has waived the $8 fee for all same-day reservations at the coast for a smoother transition. We will reevaluate after the pilot program.
What if I want to book after hours at the coast?
You can make online reservations for tents and RV sites up until 11:59 p.m., and for cabins, deluxe cabins, yurts and deluxe yurts you can make an online reservation up to 5:59 p.m. (the earlier cutoff for those sites is due to the staffing needed to provide keys and codes).
Do same-day reservations apply to all coast reservations?
No. The following site types will remain unchanged and can be booked by calling (800) 452-5687 or reserving online 24 hours in advance:
• ADA Standard, ADA Standard Full, ADA Tent (requires a phone call to book or a ranger can book at the park during booth hours)
• Horse sites
• Group sites
• Hiker/Biker sites
• Meeting Halls
• Picnic Shelters
• Boat mooring
Are there first-come-first served options at the coast?
Yes, depending on the season and the park. There are a handful of first-come-first served campsites at the coast with self-service kiosks at some parks, but they are not available during summer. Visitors can make reservations the same day they arrive at a park during any season if there is space available.
However, the most reliable way to secure a site is the online reservation system. There are parks in Southern Oregon and Central Oregon that are first come first served. Visit our website to learn more: https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=reserve.first-come
How long with the pilot program last?
OPRD will collect camping data and visitor feedback from summer and fall 2023 and winter 2024 to help determine the future of the pilot program and whether to expand it.
Questions, concerns, feedback
Please contact the information center at email@example.com with any questions. We also want to hear about your experience with same-day online reservations. You can share feedback through our online survey.
When you make a reservation more than one day in advance, you pay to use a site at the park plus an $8 service fee when booking through our reservation system. Some or all of the site fees are usually refundable, but service fees are not. See our cancel reservation page for more details.
Example: you reserve three nights in a campsite at $25 a night, and pay an $8 service fee to make the reservation, for a total of $83 ($25x3 + $8), but cancel a week before your trip. Your refund is $75: $83-$8.
Plant life and natural resources may not be picked, cut, removed or mutilated. However, visitors may gather for personal consumption berries, fruits, mushrooms, or similar edibles in quantities not to exceed one gallon per person per day. No harvesting is allowed in the formal garden area of Shore Acres or any other area posted with restrictions. Some parks may restrict harvest in overnight camp areas and other park areas.
No. Explosives, fireworks or other substances that could cause harm are not allowed in state parks or the beach.
Metal detecting without a permit is allowed in specific areas of some state parks and the ocean shore. See the list. Areas not on the list may be open to metal detecting with a permit. Some areas are unstaffed, so call 1-800-551-6949, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday to find the nearest park office.
You may bring alcohol to parks, except where specifically banned. Some parks require written approval from the park manager. For information, call the park directly, or call the Information Center at 800-551-6949. And of course, no one younger than 21 can possess or drink an alcoholic beverage.
Please leave artifacts in place and notify a ranger of the location. Archaeological sites are our country's legacy. When artifacts are removed or damaged, that legacy cannot be restored.
Some parks or areas within parks do allow hunting. See the map of hunting locations in parks. For more information, call the park that you are interested in, or call the Information Center at 800-551-6949.
Smoking is allowed only in personal vehicles, RVs, campsites and portions of day use parks along state highways that are designated as safety rest areas by the Oregon Department of Transportation. For more information, read our smoking frequently asked questions.
No, the statute that legalized recreational marijuana specifically lists parks as a public place where it is illegal to use marijuana. More information on recreational marijuana in Oregon can be found at whatslegaloregon.com
Electric assisted bicycles that fit the definition under Oregon law (ORS 801.258) may ride on bicycle trails 8 feet and wider unless otherwise marked. If you have a need for an electric assisted bicycle as a mobility assistance device for a disability, call the park directly or call the Information Center at 800-551-6949 about options for riding on additional trails.
Yes, sometimes. There are no state park rules that specifically prohibit anyone from flying a drone in an Oregon state park. There are some limits, though, and we encourage you to visit our Operating Drones in State Parks web page for current information.
Small quantities of driftwood, shells, agates, and other non-living natural products may be taken off the ocean shore as a souvenir for non-commercial, personal use. Details for different types of products may be found in the recreation rules for the ocean shore (OAR 736-021-0090).
Respect the life here and the precious value it has for all Oregonians: follow proper tidepool etiquette when exploring some of the Ocean Shores’ more sensitive habitats.
More information about visiting the beach is on our Ocean Shore web page.
Well, it depends. Scientific studies designed to increase the understanding of ecological processes and resources on state park lands are a valuable source of information for park and resource managers.
OPRD intends to cooperate with organizations and institutions when their scientific research is compatible with the department’s mission of land stewardship through the protection of ecological processes and natural resources.
A scientific research permit is required for most scientific or educational activities that involve specimen collection, field work, or that may have the potential to disturb natural and cultural resources on OPRD owned or managed lands.
You can apply for a permit at https://oprdpermits.org.
Yes. Dogs and other domestic animals are allowed in all parks except Dabney State Recreation Area in the Gorge or on the Canyon Trail at Silver Falls State Park.
Pets must be physically restrained, meaning you must be holding them, holding onto their collar, or have them on a leash no longer than six feet. Exceptions:
Leashing your pets prevents them from tangling with wild animals or other people’s pets, getting lost, ransacking campground garbage, damaging plant life, or being hit by a car. It also avoids a citation!
You're responsible for picking up after your pets and to keeping them quiet during quiet hours (10 p.m.- 7 a.m.). Thank you for keeping our parks clean and doodie free!
You can find more info at bit.ly/pawsitiveORparks.
Generally, yes. Dogs and other domestic animals are welcome on most ocean beaches; however they must be leashed if you are within the boundaries of a state park. Beyond those areas, leashes are not required, although you must carry a leash with you at all times and your dog must be under direct control (within sight and responsive to commands). If you choose to allow your dogs to run free on the ocean shores, you are still responsible for their behavior so please make sure they are not interfering with others’ recreational enjoyment or harassing seabirds or other wildlife.
Dogs are not permitted on some beaches or at certain times of the year (even on a leash) to protect wildlife, such as western snowy plovers. Snowy plover nesting areas are restricted areas from March 15-September 15. Look for restricted beach access information at bit.ly/wsplover. Follow rules posted at beach accesses and signs posted in the sand.
Yes. Service animals are permitted in all areas where campers are allowed. In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service animal is defined as a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. (Providing emotional support or deterring crime are not considered qualifying tasks.) Except under special conditions, service animals must also be restrained while in state parks.
When you visit a state park, you are sharing the space with wild animals like black bears, cougars and coyotes. They are not domesticated, and are focused on their survival. When they see a human, they are considering:
If you face a black bear, cougar or coyote:
Watch the animal for signs it may attack:
Horses are allowed in areas designated for horse camping and trail riding, including beaches open for horse riding. Horses are not permitted in main overnight campgrounds, developed day-use areas or any other area not designated for horses. Visit our Find-a-Park webpage to find horse-friendly state parks and beaches.
Those eligible for discounts
We do not have special rates for any other demographic group, such as seniors.
Day-use parking permits are needed at 25 parks. They’re are available by phone at (800) 551-6949, state park offices, vendors statewide, and online at Reserve America. You can buy a 12-month permit, a 24-month permit or a one-day permit. More info at day-use parking permits . Note: Online buyers receive a temporary permit to print and use. The permanent hang tag permit is sent via mail and should arrive within three weeks.
An Oregon State Parks gift certificate is a perfect present. Gift certificates are available by contacting 503-986-0707. Visa, MasterCard and AMEX are accepted.
Call the park (or the nearest park to the beach location) to discuss your plans, possible permits, fees and insurance requirements. You may also call the Information Line at 800-551-6949 and ask for the phone number of the nearest park. Depending on the event, you may need a special use permit for "non-traditional park activities," which are outlined in Oregon Administrative Rule. Some examples are:
Wi-fi is not available in Oregon State Parks. However, many communities have merchants and public buildings with the service.