State park crews focus on winter housekeeping (2011)


Catching up on repair and maintenance chores

Camping at LaPine State Park.

Winter work ranges from fixing leaky restroom faucets to replacing entire restrooms and upgrading electrical service.

  • The campground at Alfred A. Loeb along the Chetco River east of Brookings closes Jan. 24-March 4 while workers repair the park’s water tank. The campground is usually open year-round.
  • Another year-round campground at Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City is closed until May 1 while a construction firm finishes two new restrooms.
  • When Humbug Mountain south of Port Orford reopens April 1, the campground will have a new RV dump station, a new restroom/shower building and 50 amp electrical service. The day-use area and trails are open.
  • A major improvement is under way at Farewell Bend in eastern Oregon. Electrical work in the campground’s B loop will upgrade 20 amp service to 50 amp. The A loop remains open in winter.
  • Workers are adding a new restroom/shower building in the A loop at Silver Falls.

Significant repairs and new facilities are funded by our share of the Oregon Lottery, approved by Oregon voters in 1998 and 2010.

For the latest park and campground news, visit the Advisories web page. Current information is also available from the State Parks Information Center, 1-800-551-6949.

Posted on January 20, 2011, in park improvements, state parks. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Why cannot the outer parking area of Beachside State Park be left open to local people and visitors. Put the gate across the area leading to the campground instead. You have a host camper there so let’s be more friendly to those who live in the area and those who come down to enjoy our beaches. Would also help the economy of both Waldport and Yachats if the site could be used similar to Lost Creek and the other parking sites N and S of this area.

    I’m sure volunteer people to help watch the area can be found. We walk the beach between the two towns and pick up trash along the way anyway. Come on, let’s make our parks accessible.

    • Response from Park Ranger David Weisenback:

      Thank you for your comment. Beachside State Park is a beautiful park, but there are several reasons for closing it in the winter.
      • Park visitor safety is important to us. The shoreline is close to the park and hazardous winter conditions are hard to predict. The surf, including logs and debris, pounds the area near the park and damages the trails.
      • The day-use parking lot floods during the winter.
      • The day-use restroom must be closed during the winter per our wastewater treatment facility permit.

      Beachside will re-open for the season in mid-March. Several areas near Beachside are open in the winter including Governor Patterson Recreation Site and Tillicum Beach Park.

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