Adventure sports offered in three Oregon State Parks — for now (2015)
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.
- TouVelle State Recreation Site in southern Oregon is trying out jet boat tours of the Rogue River offered by Rogue Jet Boat Adventures
- Sunset Beach State Recreation Site on the north coast is home to a parasailing operation offered by Discover Paragliding.
- Central Oregon Bungee Adventures is set up at the High Bridge at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint north of Bend.
“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.
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