Our thanks to you–State Parks Day, June 2 (2012)
Saturday you can camp for free!
State parks throughout Oregon are laying out the welcome mat June 2 in celebration of State Parks Day. Camping is free the night of June 2 in traditional sites—full hookup (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookup (electricity and water) and tent sites. Parking at the 26 day-use-fee parks also will be free June 2. Campsite reservations may be made by calling Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687) before 5 p.m. May 31. Or, reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org. Approximately half of Oregon’s 53 state park campgrounds take reservations.
“Free camping and parking is our chance to say ‘thank you’ to our visitors,” said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Tim Wood. “State Parks Day has become a special tradition both for Oregonians and for park staff.” Wood noted that June 2 is also National Trails Day. “Oregon has hundreds of miles of trails, for all levels of ability, and it doesn’t matter if you are in a state park or on a backwoods goat path—get outside and enjoy your trails.”
In a proclamation issued May 21, Governor John Kitzhaber encouraged all Oregonians to observe State Parks Day.
Events across the state run the gamut from guided hikes and tours to special barbecues and guest appearances by J.R. Beaver, Oregon’s state park mascot.