Fee-free Day Saturday at Oregon State Parks

June 2, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Maybe it’s a make up for the wet chilly Memorial Day weekend, or maybe the Legislature really did want Oregonians to get outside and enjoy their parks.

Either way, camping is free this Saturday (June 4), at all Oregon state parks. Day use fees are not charged, either, Portland’s The Oregonian reported.

The U.S. Forest Service has also waived recreation fees nationwide for June 4 (National Trails Day) and June 11 (National Get Outdoors Day).

State Park Day has been celebrated since 1998 in Oregon.

Visitors to Oregon state park campgrounds will pay nothing to rent full hookup sites (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookups (electricity and water) or tent sites on the evening of June 4.

Full rates, however, will be charged for yurts, cabins, horse camps and group areas.

Campsite reservations for that night may be made online or by calling Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687) before 5 p.m. today. The usual $8 reservation fee will be charged.

Many parks conduct special activities on State Park Day.

The theme of the 14th annual event focuses on Outdoor Seekers, a new program aimed at encouraging increased outdoor recreation among children ages 6-12.

“This is a great chance to expose kids to a variety of outdoor recreation possibilities,” said Richard Walkoski, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recreation program manager. “If nothing else, families can let kids satisfy one the requirements to earn Outdoor Seeker status— camp out under the stars — while camping for free.”


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