Free day-use parking Nov. 27 at Oregon State Parks

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South Falls at Silver Falls State Park

South Falls at Silver Falls State Park is full after the recent rains. The day-use parking fee is waived on Nov. 27, 2015.

Chiming in on one nationwide outdoor retailer’s announcement it will encourage people to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will suspend day parking fees Nov. 27, 2015 at all 26 state parks that charge one.

“Rain or shine, windy or not, we’re thankful Oregon’s outdoors are a constant source of joy,” says Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director Lisa Sumption. “Take a break, get out, and enjoy some fresh air.”

Most state parks are free year-round, but the 26 that charge for parking include places like Fort Stevens near Astoria, Silver Falls near Salem, and The Cove Palisades near Madras. Daily parking is $5 per vehicle, but 1- and 2-year passes are also available online at .

Looking for Whale Watch Week and Collier State Park holiday event volunteers

Whale Watching Spoken Here training Dec. 5

Learn about whales and then help others spot them during the Whale Watch Weeks.

Become a volunteer for upcoming Whale Watch Weeks. Whale Watching Spoken Here training is set for Dec. 5 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Here’s a chance to learn from Dr. Bruce Mate, renowned whale expert and director of the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute. After the training, you’re eligible to volunteer at the Winter and Spring Whale Watch Weeks, Dec. 27-31 and March 19-26, 2016. To register, visit and click on the “2015-2016 Volunteer Registration and Training Schedule.”

Volunteer for Christmas in the Cookhouse at Collier Memorial State Park

Volunteers are needed to help put on Collier Memorial State Park’s 3rd Annual Christmas in the Cookhouse event on Dec. 12. Volunteers will help spread holiday cheer by assisting with crafts, storytelling, caroling, snacks and more. The event runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Collier Memorial Logging Museum. Volunteer shifts run anywhere from an hour to all day. Collier Memorial State Park is near Chiloquin, Ore.

For information, contact park ranger Miranda Krane at 541-783-2471 Ext. 23 or at

Wagon ride at Collier Memorial State Park

A wagon ride powered by heavy equipment. One of the many activities at the Collier Memorial Christmas at the Cookhouse.


Visit the new Park Store

Buy ATV permits and Oregon State Parks day-use parking permits online

Park Store Front


The ATV permit and Oregon State Parks day-use parking permits are now available for online purchase at Follow the ‘Shop’ link at the top of the page to buy the 24-month ATV permit and 12- or 24-month day-use parking permit from the Park Store.

“We’re expanding our online services in response to visitor comments and requests,” said Lisa Sumption, director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “In the coming months, we’ll offer additional items in our Park Store that we believe will appeal to our park visitors.”

The 12-month parking permit is $30 and the 24-month parking permit is $50. Both are honored at all 26 Oregon State Parks that charge a day-use parking fee. The $10 ATV permit must be displayed on ATVs operated on public lands designed for ATV use.

Park Store purchases can be made using a VISA or MasterCard. The permanent permits and day-use permit hangtags are delivered via U.S. mail at no cost to the customer. Customers should print the temporary permit attached to the Park Store e-mail receipt so they can visit a park or ride an ATV that day. The temporary permit is valid 14 days from the purchase date and is designed to fit on a vehicle dashboard or kept with visitors operating motorcycles, open vehicles and ATVs.

Day-use parking permits and ATV permits are also available from permit agents statewide. Visit for parking permit retailers and for ATV permit agents.