UNF announces reopening of some campgrounds


The Umpqua National Forest is announcing the re-opening of the Diamond Lake South Campground to recreational users beginning Friday, June 26. Diamond Lake North Campground opened last week.

All Diamond Lake campgrounds will be available by advance reservation only through www.recreation.gov. No payments will be accepted at the campground. Reservations can be made through Recreation.gov beginning Wednesday, June 24, and must be made two days in advance of your intended visit. Local District offices have no ability to make reservations for you. Unless you have been notified to the contrary, all existing reservations are still valid.

Forest personnel are working to reopen other campgrounds on the forest in the upcoming weeks.  The first priority is mitigating storm and insect damage that have weaken and killed a significant number of trees in our campgrounds this winter.  The damage is most prevalent in the Diamond Lake campgrounds where hundreds of trees continue to be removed by staff to eliminate them as a safety risk to our users and staff. Further announcements will be forthcoming as we remove more trees that allow us to open campgrounds around Diamond Lake and elsewhere on the Forest.

“We are working hard to get these campgrounds open,” said Alice Carlton, Forest Supervisor, Umpqua National Forest. “We have employees out preparing these sites every day and are excited to be able to offer these again to the public in the near future.”

Many facilities, such as vault bathrooms, showers and water points will be open for public use. Members of the public wishing to utilize these facilities are doing so at their own discretion and must take all necessary precautions to ensure their own personal health and safety. While we are maintaining a cleaning schedule of these facilities we cannot guarantee a COVID-19 free facility.

The Umpqua National Forest will continue the closure of developed recreation sites not listed above, such as the Umpqua Hot Springs and its access trail, South Umpqua Falls, group campsites and all cabins rentals and fire lookouts.   Please see the current Forest Closure Order #06-15-00-20-415, located on our forest website, for the specific details.  This order is in effect until September 30, 2020, and may be modified or rescinded prior to that date.  We expect to have additional campgrounds open by the first week of July so we can increase recreation opportunities to the public at our developed sites.

Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on protecting yourself, your family, and your community. For the most up-to-date information please continue to monitor the forest’s Facebook posts and the official website.

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