Category Archives: Parks & Recreation Dept.

Free ‘first day’ hikes event returns to Oregon on Jan. 1

State tells community members to ‘go take a hike’ for free on the first day of the new year. Source: Free ‘first day’ hikes event returns to Oregon on Jan. 1

Santiam Pass ski lodge earns a spot on National Register of Historic Places

An old ski lodge off Highway 20 on Santiam Pass has joined the National Register of Historic Places. Source: Santiam Pass ski lodge earns a spot on National Register of Historic Places

STATE PARKS HAS DISCOUNT ON PARKING PERMIT

November  29, 2018 9:00 a.m. Officials with the Oregon State Parks Department are offering a discount on something they think could be a unique holiday gift.A release from the agency said the annual day-use parking permit is available in December for only $25, a discount of $5 off the normal fee. Source: STATE PARKS HAS DISCOUNT […]
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Parking fees waived at 25 Oregon state parks on day after Thanksgiving

EUGENE, Ore. – Long-time Oregonians know that “free is a very good price. “And while snagging a deal on Black Friday can be fun, nothing beats getting outside with family and friends. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department calls it “Green Friday,” and this Nov. 23 the agency will waive day-use parking fees at 25 state […]
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Park for free day after Thanksgiving in Oregon for Green Friday

Planning to go a little too hard on the mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving? Then make sure to put Green Friday on the calendar for the next day. Continuing the tradition of encouraging people to get outside, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is waiving parking fees at the 25 parks with a daily $5 parking […]
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Parking fee waived at Oregon state parks for Green Friday

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will waive day-use parking fees in 25 state parks in observation of Green Friday on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. “We started Green Friday four years ago to encourage people to opt outside, and the response has been very positive,” said Lisa Sumption, state parks and recreation director. “We’re […]
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A scenic waterway

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is evaluating a 17.5 mile segment of the Nehalem River for potential designation by the governor as a State Scenic Waterway. Source: A scenic waterway – Gazette Guide – The Daily Astorian

The 20 best state parks in Oregon

I know this goes without saying, but the state parks in Oregon are amazing. You can travel to any corner of the state – from the coast to the Cascades, arid desert to fertile valley – and find expansive trail networks, well-groomed campgrounds and sprawling day-use areas. Earlier this year we asked you, our readers, […]
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Wallowa Lake is surrounded by natural beauty, but the state park disappoints

The state park neighbors Wallowa Lake and the gorgeous Wallowa Mountains, but offers visitors only a small taste. Source: Wallowa Lake is surrounded by natural beauty, but the state park disappoints

State launches investigative study on fecal bacteria issues in ocean water at Sunset Bay

State agencies have launched an investigative study into the repeated surges in fecal bacteria levels at Sunset Bay State Park Beach. “The bacteria results seem to be higher for our Big Creek sample locations. That kind of leads up to believe that the bacteria is coming from Big Creek, into the bay,” said Tara Chetock, […]
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