Statewide FAQ


General:

You can use our online comment form, contact us by e-mail, call us at 1-800-551-6949, or write:

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
725 Summer St NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

Most parks post hours at the entrance. Day-use parks are generally open from dawn to dusk. When the park is closed, you cannot enter or stay in the park.


About Camping:

Campground quiet hours are from 10 p.m.–7 a.m.

Usually, a maximum of eight campers are allowed per site. Some sites permit only 6 people per site. Yurts and cabins hold five to eight people, depending on the location. The park manager has the final say. 

Some campgrounds allow extra vehicles at each campsite. Some allow extra vehicle parking only in overflow areas. Check with campground staff before you park an extra vehicle at your site—a $5 extra vehicle fee for campers may apply (extra vehicle fee increases to $7 May 1, 2014). What's an extra vehicle? In addition to the car or RV you drive into the park, you may tow one additional car or truck at no charge. If you drive an additional vehicle, the $5 (extra vehicle fee increases to $7 May 1, 2014) fee kicks in.

Campers arriving on motorcycles are allowed two motorcycles per campsite. The $5 (extra vehicle fee increases to $7 May 1, 2014) extra vehicle fee applies to a third motorcycle.

Campfires are allowed only in park-provided fire rings or fireplaces, and those portions of the beach where fires are allowed. Driftwood fires are not allowed. Portable stoves may be used only in established campsites, picnic areas and designated beaches where fires are allowed.

Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by getting your firewood at the campground, or close to it. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference. For more information, visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Go to reservations for all the info you need.

You must be 18 years old or older to reserve or rent campsites, cabins, yurts or other overnight facilities. The registered camper is responsible for the activities of everyone at the site.

There are six basic types of campsites:

  • Full hookup sites – sewer, electricity and water; paved parking area adjacent to site.
  • Electrical sites – electricity and water; paved parking adjacent to site.
  • Tent sites – no utilities, but water at or near the site; paved parking adjacent to site.
  • Primitive sites – no hookups; one water source may serve multiple sites in natural, cleared setting; no paved parking at most sites. Showers may be available in another area of a campground having other types of sites or at another nearby park.
  • Hiker-biker sites – no utilities; open space or other area set aside for people who bicycle or walk into a park. No space available to park vehicles. Vehicles are not permitted when using a hiker/biker site.
  • Horse sites – no utilities (except Stub Stewart State Park); corrals nearby for horses (single, double, or quad units, depending on campground).

Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring or camp stove. Occupants of full hookup, electrical and tent sites have access to showers.

Check-in for campsites, yurts, cabins and tepees is 4 p.m. Check-out is 1 p.m. You can stay 14 consecutive nights in a regular campsite, yurt or cabin in a single campground, and may return after spending at least three nights out of the park (it can be another state park campground; in fact, we recommend you DO select another state park campground). The maximum time allowed within any campground is 14 nights within any 17-night period. The maximum stay for hiker/biker sites is 3 consecutive days in a 7 day period, per campground.

Most campgrounds can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet in length, but site lengths vary greatly, even within the same park. Remember that you must also be able to fit your tow vehicle onto the campsite. Let’s say your RV is 25 feet long and you’re towing it with a 22-foot vehicle. You will need a site at least 47 feet long. Check with Oregon State Parks Information line, 1-800-551-6949, for more information.

Check-in for campsites, yurts, cabins and tepees is 4 p.m. Check-out is 1 p.m. You can stay 14 consecutive nights in a regular campsite, yurt or cabin in a single campground, and may return after spending at least three nights out of the park (it can be another state park campground; in fact, we recommend you DO select another state park campground). The maximum time allowed within any campground is 14 nights within any 17-night period. The maximum stay for hiker/biker sites is 3 consecutive days in a 7 day period, per campground.


What's Allowed:

Plant life and natural resources may not be picked, cut, removed or mutilated.

No. Explosives, fireworks or other substances that could cause harm are not allowed.

Metal detecting without a permit is allowed in specific areas of some state parks and the ocean shore. See the list.  Areas not on the list may be open to metal detecting with a permit. Some areas are unstaffed, so call 1-800-551-6949, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday to find the nearest park office.

Yes, you may, except where specifically banned. Call 1-800-551-6949. And of course, no one younger than 21 can possess or drink an alcoholic beverage.

No.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission recently adopted rules that spell out where you can smoke outdoors in Oregon’s state parks. For more information, read our smoking frequently asked questions.


Animals:

Yes. Pets must be confined by the owner or on a leash not more than six feet long, and kept under physical control at all times. You're responsible to pick up after your pets and to keep them quiet during quiet hours (10 p.m.- 7 a.m.). Pets are not allowed on the Canyon Trail at Silver Falls. Some campgrounds have off-leash areas for pets. You can find more info in Pets in Parks.

When you are on a beach, you are responsible for your pet’s behavior and physical control. Some beaches are designated western snowy plover nesting sites or wildlife habitat areas, and restrict or prohibit dogs at certain times of the year. Designated areas are well signed.

Horses are allowed in areas designated for horse camping and trail riding, including beaches open for horse riding. Horses are not permitted in main overnight campgrounds, developed day-use areas or any other area not designated for horses.

There are several considerations regarding pets or other domestic animal on Oregon beaches:

  • Domestic animals, which are defined as those animals whose food and shelter is provided by a human custodian, are generally allowed on Oregon beaches.
  •     Exceptions include the following
    • In areas designated as occupied sites for western snowy plovers, dogs are prohibited on the wet sand adjacent to demarked dry sand areas, and horseback riding on the wet sand is allowed, unless horseback riding is otherwise restricted by special rules that pertain to areas adjacent to coastal cities.
    • In areas designated as unoccupied sites for western snowy plovers, handlers must leash dogs with a leash length of six feet or less and keep the dog under physical control at all times.
    • Horses and other livestock are prohibited on the ocean shore between the south city limits of Rockaway and northward to the mouth of the Nehalem River in Tillamook County. Dogs are prohibited except on a leash or under voice or signal command on the ocean shore within the city limits of Cannon Beach, Seaside and Rockaway Beach.
  • If you bring a domestic animal to the beach, you are responsible for the animal's behavior while on the ocean shore area, which means the following:
    • Exercising direct control over the animal while in the ocean shore state recreation area. “Direct control” means that the animal is within the unobstructed sight of the handler and responds to voice commands or other methods of control;
    • Carrying a leash or restraining device at all times while in the ocean shore state recreation area and promptly leashing animals at the request or order of a park employee;
    • Preventing animals from harassing people, wildlife and other domestic animals;
    • Ensuring animals are not hitched or confined in a manner that may cause damage to any natural resources on the ocean shore; an
    • Removing the animal's waste while in the ocean shore state recreation area.

Yes. Service animals are permitted in all areas where campers are allowed. In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service animal is defined as a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. (Providing emotional support or deterring crime are not considered qualifying tasks.) Except under special conditions, service animals must also be restrained while in state parks.


Discounts:

Those eligible for discounts

We do not have special rates for any other demographic group, such as seniors.

Campground rates drop $4 a night across the state between October 1 and April 30 every year, and deluxe yurts and cabins drop even more. Check our rates page.


Day use/Special Events:

Day-use parking permits are needed at 26 parks. They’re are available by phone at (800) 551-6949, and from state park offices and vendors statewide. You can buy a 12-month permit, a 24-month permit or a one-day permit.  More info at day-use permits

An Oregon State Parks gift certificate is a perfect present. Gift certificates are available from the State Park Information Center, 800-551-6949. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Call the park (or the nearest park to the beach location) to discuss your plans, possible permits, fees and insurance requirements. Depending on the event, you may need a special use permit for non-traditional activities. A non-traditional activity is an activity, gathering or use of park properties, ocean shore or other recreational area that is not defined in park area rules and regulations. Some examples are:

  • group gatherings such as weddings, company picnics, tournaments, and contests;
  • commercial filming;
  • short/long-term rental of property and structures;
  • construction activities and placement of utilities;
  • educational and scientific projects;
  • sales of goods and services by vendors, concessionaires and other businesses.

Some parks or areas within parks do allow hunting. Call the park that you are interested in.

Wi-fi is not available in Oregon State Parks.  However, many communities have merchants and public buildings with the service.