Oregon State Parks Announce Seasonal Closings
Camping season is drawing to a close at 25 seasonal state park campgrounds in Oregon, Portland’s The Oregonian reported.
Water systems will be turned off at four campgrounds east of the Cascades on Oct. 17, but camping will continue until the weather forces a total closure.
The four parks are Ukiah Dale State Scenic Corridor, three miles south of Ukiah; Red Bridge State Wayside, 16 miles southwest of La Grande; Hilgard Junction State Park, eight miles west of La Grande; and Catherine Creek State Park, eight miles south of Union.
Goose Lake, 14 miles south of Lakeview, closes Oct. 11. Camping will close starting Nov. 1 at Beachside State Recreation Site, four miles south of Waldport on the central coast; Viento, eight miles west of Hood River; Memaloose, 11 miles west of The Dalles; Ainsworth, 17 miles east of Troutdale; McIver, near Estacada; Jackson Kimball, three miles north of Fort Klamath; Lake Owyhee McCormick Campground, 33 miles southwest of Nyssa; Collier Memorial, 30 miles north of Klamath Falls; the new Bates State Park, east of Prairie City; Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area, 35 miles northeast of Medford; and Unity Lake, 50 miles east of John Day.
Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site, six miles west of John Day, is the last to close for the season on Dec 1.
Six parks are already closed for the season: Fall Creek State Recreation Area, 30 miles southeast of Eugene, which includes Cascara campground and Fisherman’s Point group camp; Cascadia, 14 miles east of Sweet Home; North Santiam, four miles west of Mill City; Jasper Point on Prineville Reservoir, 14 miles east of Prineville; Minam State Recreation Area, 15 miles northeast of Elgin and Indian Creek campground at Lake Owyhee, 33 miles southwest of Nyssa.
Most seasonal state parks will reopen between mid-March and mid-April, depending on weather. Discovery Season rates are in effect through April 30, 2012.
There are still 32 year-round state park campgrounds available.
The campgrounds that stay open charge Discovery Season rates — generally $4 less than summer rates for standard RV and tent sites. Rates are reduced as much as $20 per night for deluxe cabins and yurts. Rustic-style cabins and standard yurts are the same price year round.