Spring Break is a great time to explore, but play it safe (2012)
This month’s snow and wind storms are a good reminder to be careful at the beach AND on the trails.
March is ‘Beach Safety Awareness’ month for good reason. Powerful seas and eager visitors have historically added up to more rescues and deaths than any other time of year. Please keep a close eye on children and make sure they’re wearing life jackets.
Last week’s storms caused some damage to parks and trails. Crews are busy clearing downed trees, especially in coastal parks and on the trails. Please obey all signs posted at trailheads, and report problems to park rangers.
Having fun and staying safe is the most important part of any successful trip, but saving money is always a benefit. Whether you’re planning an overnight vacation or just a day trip – savings are available during Discovery Season (Oct. 1-April 30). Standard camping sites are discounted $4 – 5 per night and deluxe yurts/cabins are discounted as much as $20 per night. Visitors can buy 12 or 24-month day-use parking permits at a variety of locations around the state, including most major park offices. Or call the Oregon State Parks information center at 1-800-551-6949. The 12-month permit is $30, and is discounted once a year, in December, when it sells for $25. The 24-month permit is always a bargain at $50.