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.
The lakes and rivers found within Oregon State Parks are open to unsupervised swimming. You are responsible for your own safety. Before you enter the water, you should judge your swimming skills against possible strong currents, cold water, underwater objects and steep drop-offs. Remember, that many of our natural bodies of water and man-made reservoirs are filled by snow runoff and remain cold year round. Please bring and wear a personal flotation device and swim with a buddy.
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 $7 extra vehicle fee for campers may apply . 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 $7 fee kicks in.
Campers arriving on motorcycles are allowed two motorcycles per campsite. The $7 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.
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:
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.
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.
Many state parks offer camping areas for campers hiking or bicycling into the park (without motor vehicle support). An overnight stay is $7 - $8 per person and the maximum stay is 3 consecutive days in a 7-day period, per campground (except for Harris Beach State Park, which allows 3 days in a 14-day period). The camping areas are first-come, first-served and usually include shared fire rings and picnic tables. Water and restrooms may be some distance away. See Find A Park to search for parks with hiker/biker areas.
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.
Plant life and natural resources may not be picked, cut, removed or mutilated. However, visitors may gather for personal consumption berries, fruits, mushrooms, or similar edibles in quantities not to exceed five gallons per person per day. No harvesting is allowed in the formal garden area of Shore Acres or any other area posted with restrictions. Some parks may restrict harvest in overnight camp areas and other park areas.
No. Explosives, fireworks or other substances that could cause harm are not allowed in state parks or the beach.
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.
The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission recently adopted rules that spell out where you can smoke tobacco outdoors in Oregon’s state parks. For more information, read our smoking frequently asked questions.
No, the statute that legalized recreational marijuana specifically lists parks as a public place where it is illegal to use marijuana. More information on recreational marijuana in Oregon can be found at whatslegaloregon.com
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 for picking up after your pets and to keeping them quiet during quiet hours (10 p.m.- 7 a.m.). Pets are not allowed in Dabney State Recreation Area or on the Canyon Trail at Silver Falls State Park. Some campgrounds have off-leash areas for pets. You can find more info in our 'Pawsitive' info for you and your pet's visit web page and the Pets in Parks brochure.
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. See our western snowy plover web page for more information.
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:
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.
Those eligible for discounts
We do not have special rates for any other demographic group, such as seniors.
Day-use parking permits are needed at 25 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 parking 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. You may also call the Information Line at 800-551-6949 and ask for the phone number of the nearest park. 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:
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.