Celebrate State Parks Day — June 1

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Free camping, parking, and special events at all Oregon State Parks

SALEM — Free camping, free parking, and special events highlight the annual State Parks Day Saturday June 1.

Several state parks are holding free events that day, and camping is free at all tent, RV, and individual horse campsites. Day-use parking will be free June 1 and 2 at the 25 parks that charge a day-use fee.

“State Parks Day is our way each year of thanking Oregonians for their commitment to our state parks,” said Lisa Sumption, director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). “We invite people to discover a new park or revisit an old favorite.”

State Parks Day is organized by OPRD and has been held annually since 1997.

Oregon Lottery returns as an event sponsor this year and they’re providing support for events at six state parks: Champoeg State Heritage Area, near Newberg; Fort Stevens State Park, near Astoria; Tumalo State Park, near Bend; The Cove Palisades State Park, near Madras; Wallowa Lake State Park, near Joseph; and Silver Falls State Park, near Stayton.

Oregon Lottery is also sponsoring a new addition to State Parks Day: commemorative State Parks Day pins. The limited-edition pins will be available for free at more than two dozen state parks on Saturday June 1. View the full list of pin-distributing parks on the State Parks Day webpage. Note: parks have a limited supply of pins and they will be given away first come, first served.

In total, 11 state parks will host free events Saturday June 1:

Willamette Valley

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area

Silver Falls State Park

Coast

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 and Columbia River Gorge

Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Southern and Eastern Oregon

Collier Memorial State Park and Logging Museum

Wallowa Lake State Park

Silver Falls, State Park Day 2018. Photo Credit: Oregon State Parks

Events include disc golf, living history, outdoor concerts, ranger-led programs, and more. Full details about events at each park are on the state parks website.

To guarantee a campsite for State Parks Day, reserve online at oregonstateparks.org or call (800) 452-5687 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  While campsite rental is free, an $8 non-refundable transaction fee is required at the time of the reservation. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your stay. Approximately half of state park campgrounds accept reservations.

About Author

Matt Noble is a Communication Specialist with Oregon State Parks.

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