For those of you who are thinking about getting out to camp this weekend, you will be happy to know Oregon State Parks are going to be open and free to the public. In light of Oregon State Parks Day, The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering free admission starting the night of June 4rd in all RV hookup sites, tent sites, and horse camps. Also on June 3rd and the 4th, day-use parking fees will also be waived.
“State Parks Day is Oregon’s way to say thank you for supporting your state park system,” said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. “We welcome all Oregonians to connect with their favorite state park, or even enjoy a new one for the first time.”
I imagine reservations will go fast, so make sure and head on over to oregonstateparks.org or call 800-452-5687 to get your spot. All reservations by phone must be made by 5 p.m. on June 2nd. Campsite rentals will be completely free of charge, but all reservations will still include an $8 non-refundable transaction fee. Of the 56 Oregon state park campgrounds, 46 are said to take reservations.
Also, Silver Falls State Park will be holding its annual foot races on June 3rd. The Silver Falls Challenge includes a 5K, six-mile run and a kids’ 1,500-meter run.
For anyone who is headed to Detriot Lake, there will be free hot dogs and a visit from OPRD mascot JR Beaver, as well as Junior Ranger programs for the little ones. Head on over to oregonstateparks.org and click on “things to do” for a complete list of events.
And that’s not all folks. For those of you looking to drop your lures in the water, fishing is free this weekend too! No fishing license will be required for a lake or river this weekend. For a complete list of Oregon parks holding fishing events go to www.dfw.state.or.us/education/angling/free_fishing.asp.