There’s no better time than today to get a camping spot at any one of Oregon’s beautiful state parks, as camping overnight is free in honor of State Parks Day. Parking is also free at day-use parks for the whole weekend, June 1 and 2, 2019. State Parks Day is organized by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and has been held annually since 1997.
Many popular parks are also hosting special events for the occasion, including guided tours at Cape Mears, a kid’s fishing derby at Prineville Reservoir and outdoor concerts at Wallowa Lake.
Dozens of parks are also giving away State Parks Day pins on June 1.
June 1 and 2 is also Free Fishing Weekend. That means you can fish, crab and clam anywhere in Oregon without a license.
In total, 11 state parks will host free events June 1:
Champoeg State Heritage Area
Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area
Silver Falls State Park
Fort Stevens State Park
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
Cascade Range and Central Oregon
The Cove Palisades State Park
Prineville Reservoir State Park
Tumalo State Park
Portland Metro Area
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Southern and Eastern Oregon
Collier Memorial State Park
Wallowa Lake State Park