Harris Beach campground remains open in September

Campground construction closure delayed

Plan on a beach stroll during your stay at Harris Beach State Park

Plan on a beach stroll during your stay at Harris Beach State Park

Good news for those ready for fall’s sunny weather on the south coast. Harris Beach State Park campground was scheduled to close Sept. 8 for a utility upgrade project, but construction plans changed.

The campground will have a limited number of campsites open in September. Reservations for these sites open Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. Call the Oregon State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-452-5687, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online reservations will be available at http://www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundDetails.do?subTabIndex=0&contractCode=or&parkCode=harr

The park closure is now set for Oct. 1, 2015-May 25, 2016.

Harris Beach State Park (park information, map and driving directions. The campfire ban remains in place as of Sept. 8.)

Speaking of May 2016 …

Reservations are now open for Memorial Day Weekend 2016 for all Oregon State Park campgrounds!

Grant’s Getaways — Digging Oregon Sunstones

The sunstone is Oregon’s state gemstone. Do you know where to find them?

Where is Plush, Oregon?

Plush is about 40 miles northeast of Lakeview and the sunstone area is about 25 miles north of Plush — on gravel and dirt roads. The map shows the general location of the mines and Bureau of Land Management ( link opens the BLM sunstone brochure) public collection area in relation to Plush. Please do your own research for driving directions.  Take water, sunscreen, food and an appreciation for sagebrush and a vast landscape.

Adventure sports offered in three Oregon State Parks — for now

Bungee jumping at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint

Thrill seekers drop 250 feet from the High Bridge at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint into the Crooked River Gorge.

When you think of activities in Oregon State Parks, you probably come up with camping, hiking and fishing and maybe mountain biking, disc golfing and even rock climbing.  Now, we’re offering a few new adventures.

During a trial period that runs through next summer, you can try bungee jumping, parasailing and jet boat touring operated by private companies.

“Camping, picnicking, and trails will always be the bedrock of Oregon’s state parks, but sometimes you need to try new ideas where they make sense,” said Chris Havel, department spokesperson. “We want to know if you enjoy the opportunities, or if you feel like it’s too much of a change.”

Havel says the pilots will last a year or slightly longer, and park managers will look at how well the operation fits the park, watch for impacts on the park, and how it affects other visitors. The activities can be terminated early if necessary.

What do you think? We’re accepting comments about adventure sports in Oregon State Parks via e-mail. Send your thoughts to oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov.  Be sure to clearly describe what you’re commenting on.

Removing trash from the Crooked River Gorge

In addition to giving Oregon State Parks a portion of revenue, Central Oregon Bungee Adventures volunteered to remove trash from the bottom of the Crooked River Gorge; a dilapidated couch in this case.