2017 Solar Eclipse

Are there camping options available at facilities outside of Oregon State Parks?

Aside from Oregon State Parks, there are numerous city, county, federal, and private campsites across the state. 

Oregon Festivals & Events Association is a resource and clearinghouse for additional camping. Visit the search page and narrow your search to the category Eclipse Camping 2017 and month of August.

Travel Salem is also maintaining an updated list of camping and lodging options. Click on ‘Area Lodging Information’.

Baker High School Eclipse Camping

Independence Goes Dark

Keizer Eclipse 2017

Madras Eclipse.com may have current lodging information under its ‘Stay’ button.

Philomath Frolic & Rodeo Eclipse

Scio Solar Eclipse



April 19, 2017 Note: All Oregon State Park sites are booked

The August 21  total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it’s drawing visitors from all over the world. People from all over the United States and overseas were waiting for these sites, and with an efficient online system, inventory booked quickly.

Extra 1,000 state park eclipse sites sold out

Will additional sites be added to the reservation system?

There are no plans to add additional campsites.

Can I be put on a waiting list for cancellations?

There is no waiting list for cancellations.  You can sign up for availability notifications by logging in to www.reserveamerica.com.  You can sign up for up to 5 availability notifications at a time.  If a site becomes available, you’ll be notified via e-mail.  The availability notification system does not secure the site for you; you’ll need to go online or call the call center to attempt to book it.

Can I get a campsite on a walk-in basis?

Oregon State Parks does not have any first come, first serve or walk in sites in the path of totality the nights of Aug. 18-20.  All available sites were put on the reservation system for this event. You will be turned away if you go to a park in or near the path of totality without a reservation.  First-come, first-served camping resumes Aug. 21.


Information you need if you're camping in a state park

The Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time). The 60-mile wide path of totality—when the moon completely blocks the sun—will last for about two minutes starting at 10:15 a.m. on the Oregon coast between Newport and Lincoln City. The path of totality then sweeps through Oregon and on to Idaho, then races across the United States toward South Carolina.

All park locations and the totality path are approximate.

Camping in the totality path


Coastal parks

Driftwood Beach (South Beach), temporary, camping map
Fogarty Creek (Beverly Beach), temporary, camping map 
Governor Patterson Memorial (South Beach), temporary, camping map
South Jetty (South Beach), temporary, camping map

Willamette Valley parks

Willamette Mission, temporary, camping map

Cascade Mountain foothills (far east Willamette Valley)

Cascadia, traditional, camping map
North Santiam, traditional and temporary, camping map
Silver Falls, temporary, camping map

Central Oregon (east of the Cascades)

The Cove Palisades, temporary, camping map
Smith Rock, temporary, camping map

Eastern Oregon

Bates, traditional, camping map
Clyde Holliday, traditional, camping map
Farewell Bend, traditional and temporary, camping map (traditional) camping map (temporary)
Unity Lake, traditional, camping map

Camping near the totality path

If you’re outside the path of totality, you’ll see what’s called “deep partiality.” You’ll see the chromosphere – a thin band of deep, beautiful red hugging the sun. The sky darkens, and everything around you will seem sharper and clearer. See the eclipse map by Xavier M. Jubier that allows a user to select a location and then see the percent of moon eclipsing the sun.


Beachside, traditional, camping map
Carl G. Washburne, traditional, camping map

Willamette Valley

Champoeg, temporary, camping map (barely outside the totality path)
Milo McIver, temporary, camping map

Cascade Mountain foothills (far east Willamette Valley)

Cascara at Fall Creek, traditional, camping map (approximately 30 miles southeast of Eugene)

Central Oregon (east of the Cascades)

Cottonwood Canyon, traditional and temporary, camping map
Jasper Point at Prineville Reservoir, traditional, camping map

Eastern Oregon

Catherine Creek, traditional, camping map 
Hilgard Junction, traditional, camping map
Minam, traditional, camping map
Lake Owyhee, traditional, camping map
Red Bridge, traditional, camping map
Ukiah-Dale, traditional, camping map

What else do I need to know?

General park information is available by calling the Oregon State Parks information line, 800-551-6949.

State Capitol State Park

Although camping isn't allowed in State Capitol State Park, many eclipse activities are set for Aug. 19-21 in the State Capitol and the park grounds. For more information, visit Travel Salem

Eclipse resources

(links leave the www.oregonstateparks.org website and open in a new window)

Oregon eclipse events – Travel Oregon
Interactive Google map and solar eclipse path -- NASA
Eclipse times for cities in Oregon -- http://nationaleclipse.com/cities.htm
Path through Oregon -- eclipse2017.org
Oregon communities within the path -- eclipse2017.org
Two dozen tips for the eclipse -- Astronomy Magazine
Educational resource from Astronomical Society of the Pacific – astrosociety.org/uitc

The Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 - fly along with the shadow! from Eclipse2017.org on Vimeo.