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The original property for the park, 260 acres, was obtained by a gift from Mark A. Mayer of Mosier in 1924. This property included the Columbia River overlook and the Rowena Loops on the old Columbia River Highway (U. S. 30). From 1956 onward, after the highway was relocated and improved to freeway standards, the purchase of additional park land along the Columbia River and highway right-of-way was negotiated. Various parcels were transferred from the Highway Division to State Parks when they were not needed for highway purposes. The Union Pacific Railroad also passes through the park. Partly forested with ponderosa pine, oak, Douglas fir and maple, much of the land is a rocky river bluff with limited soil. Near the river, there are day-use facilities for swimming and boat access. An outstanding attraction of the park is the view obtained by taking the old highway to the Mayer overlook. The vista is a magnificent panorama of the Columbia River Valley eastward toward The Dalles. In 1946, State Parks Superintendent Sam Boardman recommended keeping the park a wilderness area and asked that the maintenance department remove the sand bunker below the overlook. Adjoining the overlook section of Mayer Park is the Tom McCall Preserve for plants and wildlife. It is named for McCall (1913-1977), who concluded his second term as Governor of Oregon in 1975. The preserve was created between 1978 and 1986 and is owned by The Nature Conservancy.
Annual day-use attendance: 490,978
Mayer State Park FAQ
According to a 2012 survey of park visitors:
93% of our customers describe being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their overall experience at Mayer State Park.
94% of our customers reported that they were either "very likely" or "likely" to return to Mayer State Park in the future.
One customer commented, "This is only my second visit. Mayer is a very accessible, fairly low-key park with a nice drive from Portland. I come when I want to drive the Columbia Gorge area, and explore State Parks. Today I came to get some sun when Portland is clouded over."
UAS IN STATE PARKS IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
UAS shall be limited and/or prohibited in Oregon State Parks in the Columbia River Gorge by reason of the following:
1. Interfere with other, established forms of recreation.
2. Endanger a natural or cultural resource. (This includes disturbance of sensitive wildlife.)
3. Pose a risk to people or property.
ALLOWED PROPERTIES when following UAS GUIDELINES
Visitors following these UAS Guidelines are allowed to fly UAS in the following Oregon State Park properties in the Columbia River Gorge:
• George W. Joseph State Natural Area
• Dalton Point State Recreation Site
• Mitchell Point (Wygant State Natural Area, Vinzenz Lausman Memorial State Natural Area, Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area)
• Mayer State Park (East, West, and Middle)
• Post Canyon (Wygant State Natural Area, Vinzenz Lausman Memorial State Natural Area, Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area)
UAS are allowed seasonally, between October 1 and May 31, in the following Oregon State Park properties:
• Dabney State Recreation Area
• Rooster Rock State Park (ALLOWED ONLY WEST of the main office restroom)
• Benson State Recreation Area
UAS are prohibited in the following Oregon State Park properties in the Columbia River Gorge:
• Rocky Butte State Scenic Corridor
• Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site
• Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint
• Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
• Rooster Rock State Park (PROHIBITED EAST of the main office restroom, allowed seasonally WEST)
• Lower Latourell Falls (Guy W. Talbot State Park)
• Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area
• Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
• Angel's Rest Trailhead
• Ainsworth State Park
• Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail (Including: John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor, Bonneville State Scenic Corridor, Toothrock Trailhead, Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, Hatfield West Trailhead, and Hatfield East Trailhead)
• Wyeth State Recreation Area (Undeveloped)
• Starvation Creek State Park
• Viento State Park
• Koberg Beach State Recreation Site
• Memaloose State Park
• Memaloose Overlook
• Rowena Crest
UAS are prohibited between June 1 and September 30 in the following properties:
• Dabney State Recreation Area
• Rooster Rock State Park (All areas)
• Benson State Recreation Area
SPECIAL USE PERMITS
UAS may be authorized in “Prohibited” Oregon State Park properties under agreed upon conditions, with a valid Special Use Permit signed by the park manager. 14 days of notice are required. Special Use Permits may be considered for reasons such as scientific research, natural or cultural resource mapping, search and rescue, marketing, facility inspections, and/or similar activities.
SPECIAL USE PERMITS FOR FLYING UAS
Request permits at the following locations:
Rooster Rock State Park Office, 503-695-2261
Viento State Park Office, 541-374-8811
Once permitted, please follow the “Columbia River Gorge Oregon State Parks: UAS Guidelines” stated below and carry your Special Use Permit on you when flying your drone in parks.
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OREGON STATE PARKS: UAS GUIDELINES
Know Where to Fly
• UAS may only be flown in areas and during dates listed as “Allowed” in the “UAS in Oregon State Parks, Columbia River Gorge: Park Listing and Guidelines” and with a signed Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Guidelines.
• UAS must be flown away from any structures, trees, or overhead obstacles.
• Flying must comply with all FAA regulations and guidance. http://www.faa.gov/uas/
Protecting Wildlife and the Environment
• Do not fly over or near wildlife. Intentionally disturbing animals during breeding, nesting, rearing, or other critical life functions is not allowed.
Fly Safely, Stay in Control
• Keep your UAS in your sight at all times.
• Keep your UAS away from populated and noise-sensitive areas such as campgrounds, trailheads, and visitor centers.
• Remain 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property including but not limited to parking lots, trail heads, restrooms, picnic shelters, park offices, park shop yards, park utility buildings, and heavily traveled roadways.
• Do not interfere with other recreational users; yield to people who were there before you.
• Obey all privacy laws.
Following these guidelines does not transfer liability or responsibility for safe UAS operations from you as the UAS owner to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or the State of Oregon. The immunities provided by ORS 105