Saturday June 1 is our way of saying “thanks” to all our visitors! Camping is free for RV, tent and horse camp sites. Parking at day-use parking fee parks is also free.
Call Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687) before 5 p.m. May 30 to make your campsite reservations — the earlier, the better. Or, reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org. It costs $8 to make a reservation, even for sites that are free for the night. Yurts, cabins, tepees and group areas are available at regular rates.
Visit the events calendar for a list of parks celebrating with special events, including new Let’s Go birding, disc golfing, hiking and paddling activities. State Parks Day also kicks off Oregon Outdoors Week (June 1-9), which links other statewide and national events promoting outdoor recreation:
Let’s Go! launches on State Parks Day — events scheduled throughout the summer
Have you wanted to try birding, disc golfing, hiking or paddling, but lack the equipment or knowledge? Our Let’s Go! events will get you started. We provide the gear, and the guides are some of the best — Oregon State Park rangers! Try a new outdoor activity with confidence.
To kick off these new activities, three Let’s Go! events are offered on this year’s State Parks Day, and events are also scheduled throughout the summer. For a full list of events scheduled through Sept. 1, 2013, visit the calendar and select the event category Let’s Go to find parks, dates and times.
To register, call 1-888-953-7677. The events are open to ages 8 and up; youth under 14 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Some activities require preregistration—you must be 18 to sign up.
June 1 State Parks Day events
- Let’s Go Disc Golfing at L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park, noon to 2 p.m. Meet at Dairy Creek Camp West and wear sturdy shoes. Registration fee $10 per person. Call 1-888-953-7677 to register. Limited to 12 participants.
- Let’s Go Paddling (kayaking) at Milo McIver State Park, 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at Estacada Lake and wear shoes that can get wet. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water. Registration fee $15 per person. Call 1-888-953-7677 to register. Youth ages 8-14 need to have an adult with them in the kayak. Limited to 11 participants.
- Let’s Go Birding at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Meet at the Nature Center and wear shoes for hiking. Binoculars will be available. Free. First-come, first-served—no registration required.
Don’t forget the very popular Let’s Go Camping! — guided weekend group outings for beginning campers of all ages. This year, 16 events are scheduled at parks statewide. The registration fee is $30 per family. To register, call 1-888-953-7677.