Category Archives: Parks & Recreation Dept.

How to visit and climb inside 9 Oregon Coast lighthouses

They were once beacons of light for ships in the night — a highway of flashing signals that allowed commerce to flourish along Oregon’s rugged coastline in the 19th Century. Today, the role of lighthouses in Oregon has changed. They’ve gone from Pacific guideposts to popular tourist attractions bringing thousands to some of the state’s most dramatic vistas. Source: How to […]
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Preservation agreement moves depot closer to transfer

A memorandum of agreement between the Columbia Development Authority and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation puts the former Umatilla Chemical Depot one step closer to local control. Source: Preservation agreement moves depot closer to transfer

Naked In Nature

The natural–and legal–state of nakedness, in the outdoors and elsewhere. Each summer presents new opportunities for never-been-dones: Rock climb at Smith Rock State Park, in the buff. Sunbathe while naked and dozing by a secluded Cascade lake. Play ultimate frisbee while topless—or bottomless—with friends in Drake Park. Source: Naked In Nature | Outside Guide | […]
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State Parks to move safety fence at Cape Kiwanda to prevent future accidents

Following a troubling number of deaths at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon State Parks says it plans to move the fence that is designed to keep people safe closer to the ocean. State Parks managers believe by providing visitors an experience, they will be less likely to hop the fence and enter dangerous areas for better views. Source: […]
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A canyon apart | Mail Tribune

Three days into our camping trip, I needed a shower, and the facilities at Cottonwood Canyon State Park were clean and inviting. But I just couldn’t lift myself out of my camp chair. Puffy white clouds drifted across the sky, their interplay with the sun presenting an ever-changing slideshow of shadow and light on the […]
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Where can you camp on the beach in Oregon? Practically nowhere, as it turns out

As a travel writer in Oregon, it’s one of the most common questions I get: Where can you camp on the beach at the coast? The idea sounds romantic enough, but in reality beach camping in Oregon is typically unpleasant, dangerous and effectively illegal in most places. While all of Oregon’s coastline is public, those […]
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Oregon Coast’s Heceta Head Lighthouse Changes and Challenges During 125-Year Anniversary

She’s 125 years old but doesn’t look a day over 80. One the big beauties of the Oregon coast is the Heceta Head Lighthouse, just north of Florence and not far south of Yachats. This year, the guiding light celebrates 125 years, with one more big event coming up, but lots to talk about on […]
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Cleanup begins of burned ship that ran aground on Oregon coast

Cleanup began Friday to remove the remains of a torched commercial fishing ship that washed up late last week on a beach south of Bandon. About 50 to 60 feet of the 64-foot Ann Kathleen, including its hull, mast and several mechanical parts, are still on the beach as well as smaller debris that has […]
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Trailhead ambassadors manning popular trails to help hikers this summer

Trailheads were crowded Saturday thanks to a warm start to May and volunteers were out to make sure hikers were ready. Trailhead Ambassadors are stationed at several popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge and near Mt. Hood. They are volunteers with the US Forest Service, Oregon State Parks, and Friends of the Columbia Gorge. […]
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Fiery S. Oregon Coast Shipwreck Under Cleanup Efforts Now

A small shipwreck has created a large stir on the southern Oregon coast. Now, the cleanup begins after a fiery crash onto the sand. On May 2, a 64-foot fishing vessel out of Washington called the Ann Kathleen caught fire off the southern Oregon coast, causing all crew to abandon the craft. They were rescued […]
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