FREE camping and parking June 2

05/10/2018

 

A big welcome to all our campers and visitors Saturday, June 2 in celebration of State Parks Day. Camping is free the night of June 2 in full hookup, electric hookup and tent sites. Parking at the 26 day-use parks that charge a parking fee is free June 2 and June 3, too.

If you want to guarantee a site, you’ll need a reservation (the reservation fee is $8, and that’s a flat fee no matter how many nights you stay). Make your campsite reservations by calling 1-800-452-5687. Or, reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org. Approximately half of Oregon’s state park campgrounds take reservations.

This year, Oregon State Parks partnered with Oregon Lottery to sponsor events at Milo McIver State Park, The Cove Palisades State Park and Wallowa Lake State Park. In total, 18 state parks are holding events on Saturday June 2:

 

Willamette Valley

Champoeg State Heritage Area
Explore Champoeg - Learn about park history, natural history, bluebirds and more on this self-guided educational tour. Check-in at the welcome station in the Visitor’s Center for a map to staffed stations throughout the park. Collect the stamps from each station and return to the Visitor Center to take your pick of a Champoeg lapel pin or window decal. In the junior ranger program? This activity will cover four of the Junior Ranger requirements to help you earn your badge!
When: Noon - 3p.m. for stations in the park. Return stamps to visitor center until 4 p.m.
Where: Begin at Visitor's Center. View map

Bike Safety Parade - Grab your helmet and hop on your bike, scooter, skateboard or stroller for a parade around the campground! Before the parade, decorate your ride and learn some bike safety tips. No wheels? No problem! Walkers welcome to. 
When: Decorating begins at 10 a.m. with parade to follow.
Where: Program area in the campground. View map

Silver Falls State Park
Catamount Trail and Newt Loop Grand Opening: Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA) invites you to experience seven miles of brand new trails at Silver Falls! Catamount Trail and Newt Loop slice through a beautiful forest of towering trees, and lush ferns. Bring your bike or just walk and enjoy the sunshine.

The Newt Loop is a lovely rolling trail that anyone can ride, with skill stations to challenge you to take your ride to the next level. Catamount Trail is intermediate-level single track that sports a brand-new bridge and a fast, breezy trail design. Free shuttles to the far end of the Catamount will be available.

Need a break? Stop by one of several aid stations manned by CapVelo for water or a map. Friendly locals will be circulating both routes to help you find your way. Santiam Bicycle will provide free mountain bike demos and Bike Peddler will have bike mechanics on site to help keep you rolling.

REI will have a crew at the trailhead with cold drinks, and some fun chances to win prizes. Don’t forget to snap a pic at their selfie station! Note: Bike rentals are not available at the park, but can be arranged ahead of time through The Bike Peddler in Salem.
When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: 214 trailhead. View map

State Capitol State Park
Ranger-led garden tour: Meet interpretive rangers at the Capitol steps and enjoy an easy, guided stroll through the gardens to learn about state symbols and history.
When: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Front steps of State Capitol building. View map

Willamette Mission State Park
Self-guided hike: Take a short hike along the Willamette Vision Educational Trail to see the nation’s largest Black Cottonwood tree. The 270-year old tree sits on the shores of the Mission Lake. It is more than 28 feet in circumference, and stands more than 155 feet tall.
When: All day
Where: Refer to park map for trail and tree location.

 

Coast

Fort Stevens State Park
Family fun disc golf: Enjoy an afternoon of disc golf on a special 10-hole course set up through the Fort Stevens Historic Area. All ages and abilities welcome. Score a hole-in-one on the tenth hole and win a prize!
When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Fort Stevens Historic Area. View Map

Humbug Mountain State Park
Breakfast and beach walk: Enjoy breakfast at the campground shop (for the first 50 people), followed by a beach walk with interpretive park rangers to learn about summer beach safety.
When: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Where: Campground shop. View map

Family movie night: Gather at the amphitheater for a short ranger talk, fresh-popped popcorn, lemonade and a screening of G-rated Over the Hedge.
When: 8:30 p.m.
Where: Campground amphitheater. View map

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
Hike and BBQ lunch: Meet at the historic Cleawox Lodge to learn about the park’s rich past with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Take a self-guided 1.5 mile stroll along the Lily Lake Trail, or accompany park rangers on a 4-mile moderate hike on the historic Woahink Trail. Return to the historic Gazebo for a BBQ lunch!
When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Cleawox lodge. View map

 

Cascade Range and Central Oregon

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area
More info coming soon!

LaPine State Park
Big Tree BBQ: Join park rangers for a delicious BBQ lunch and enjoy views of eagles or red-tailed hawks amongst the subalpine pine forest. After lunch, follow the signs to the “Big Tree” and check out the nation’s largest Ponderosa Pine tree!
When: Noon - 2 p.m.
Where: Day-use area. View Map

Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint
Sunset hike and guest speaker: Join OSU-Cascades geology professor Daniele McKay in an evening hike to the Pilot Butte summit. There professor McKay will present her talk "Fire and Water: The Geologic History of the Cascade Volcanoes" while visitors take in the panoramic sunset vista. Visitors unable to hike may drive to the summit, but parking is limited.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Meet for hike at trailhead kiosk near the east parking lot. View map

The Cove Palisades State Park
Pancake breakfast and safety fair: Show up early for pancakes in the park (first 100 people) then stick around for a safety fair. Learn about campfire safety, water safety, leave no trace, and wilderness survival. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with Smokey Bear and JR Beaver. Special thanks to Oregon Lottery for sponsoring this event and to our partners: The Oregon Marine Board, U.S. Forest Service, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, PGE and Billy Chinook Fire & Rescue.

When: 9 - 10 a.m. (pancakes), 10 a.m. - noon (safety fair)
Where: Crooked River day-use area. View map

 

Portland and Columbia River Gorge

Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
More info coming soon!

Milo McIver State Park
Limited mobility kayaking: Join Adventures Without Limits for a presentation on how to properly use the recently installed ADA accessible kayak launch, followed by a guided kayak tour for limited mobility individuals on Estacada Lake. Registration for the tour is required. Special thanks to Oregon Lottery for sponsoring this event.
When: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Kayak launch on Estacada Lake. View map

Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Trail work party: Join other volunteers to help halt the spread of English Ivy, an invasive plant, along Tryon’s trails. Gloves and equipment will be provided. Register for the event online. The first 20 people to register get a free box lunch.
When: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Meet at the nature center. View map

 

Southern and Eastern Oregon

Goose Lake State Recreation Area
Picnic and bird watching: Pack a picnic and head to the peaceful banks of Goose Lake for a day of bird watching. Keep your eyes peeled for common birds like Egrets, American Avocets and White-faced Ibis.
When: All day
Where: Day-use area. View map

Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area
More info coming soon!

OC&E Woods State Line Trail
Hike or bike: Want to stay on foot? Enjoy a ranger-guided hike of the OC&E trail. Prefer to be on two wheels? Follow a ranger on a ride down the OC&E trail. The groups will leave separately. Both events will be a slow and relaxing adventure, great for taking photos.
When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Both groups meet at Switchbacks trailhead. View map

Wallowa Lake State Park
Outdoor concerts: Join us at the lake amphitheater for two performances each night on Friday June 1, and Saturday June 2. Friday Artists: Elwood + Joey Carper, Jezebel's Mother. Saturday Artists: Heidi Muller & Bob Webb, The Local Yokels. Special thanks to Oregon Lottery for sponsoring this event.
When: Friday June 1, 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturday June 2, 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: Lake amphitheater. View map
 

Also, June 2-3 is Free Fishing Weekend. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and partners are hosting a number of events around the state, including several in or near state parks. Volunteer angler education instructors will be loaning out fishing gear and giving tips on how to catch and clean fish at most events. For more details and contact information for these events, visit https://myodfw.com/articles/2018-free-fishing-days-and-events