Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday the limited opening of some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities and areas across Oregon for day use effective May 5, with camping opportunities becoming available as federal, state, local and private providers are able to prepare their facilities for visitors. Ski resorts will also be able to resume activities under a new executive order that will be forthcoming.
“Enjoying Oregon’s beauty and bounty is one of our state's time-honored traditions,” said Brown. “As we begin to slowly open up recreation sites, state parks and ski areas opportunities, it is critical we ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and the public. And that begins with each of us taking personal responsibility to be good stewards of our parks, and each other.”
Under the Governor’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order, not all outdoor recreation areas were closed. However, as concerns about public health and safety due to crowding and lack of physical distancing grew, Brown supported the decisions of local, state and federal jurisdictions to close sites to protect the health and safety of their communities.
Oregon’s outdoor recreation providers and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have partnered to create recommendations for safely and gradually offering limited outdoor recreation opportunities. This approach means not all day-use and camping areas will open at once.
Reopening outdoor recreation areas will be a phased approach as it becomes safe for some communities and recreational providers to do so. It will also mean a change in the way Oregonians visit some familiar sites.
Columbia River Gorge parks and recreation areas, as well as coastal areas that are not yet ready to welcome visitors back, will remain closed for now, while the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department coordinates with local jurisdictions and partners in Washington to determine the appropriate timing for reopening.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has already announced a small number of inland state parks that will offer limited services beginning today (May 6)
Limited day-use will slowly return to other state parks starting the week of May 11 based on the readiness of the community around the park to welcome visitors, and how prepared the park is with staff, supplies and equipment. State parks will open and close with little advance notice; updates will be posted online at oregonstateparks.org or call 800-551-6949 (Mon through Friday, 8 a.m. to -5 p.m.) and should be checked before visiting.
Not all restrooms will be open, and parking will be limited. State park camping will return as soon as it can be safely managed, and while preparations are being made, no opening date has been selected.
Guidelines for responsible outdoor recreation include:
Prepare before you go:
Take care when you get there: