Author Archives: the Oregon State Parks Team

Wolf Creek Inn temporarily closed

Grounds surrounding building remain open

Wolf Creek Inn

The historic Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site will be closed for construction during the 2015 season. The project, to install a climate control system designed to protect the historic integrity of the late 1800s building, will coincide with the search for a new concessionaire to operate the Inn.

You can still stop and explore the area during the building closure. Picnic tables, a portable restroom, electric vehicle charging station, and rose garden are available at the park, located in the town of Wolf Creek at Exit 76 on Interstate 5, 20 miles north of Grants Pass. The nearby Golden State Heritage Site is also open.

The climate control system will allow better management of temperature and humidity in the Inn, believed to have been built between 1873 and 1880 as one of many similar way stations serving travelers and explorers on the early roads and trails in western Oregon. The estimated cost of the project is $400,000, funded by the share of Oregon Lottery profits dedicated to state park repairs, and includes accessibility improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Plans for the future Wolf Creek Inn concessionaire contract are under way. A “Request for Proposals” may be issued in the fall/winter of 2015, which could lead to a contract with a new concessionaire for the 2016 season.

People interested in receiving notice when the re-opening date is set can send their contact information to

Grant’s Getaways — Let summer camping season begin with a Let’s Go Camping adventure

Let’s Go Camping 2015

Let’s Go Camping overnighters are set for 17 state parks this summer. We provide the tent, sleeping bags and know-how. Learn how to set up a tent, build campfires and prepare meals in your campsite for $30 per family. Visit for a list of locations and dates. Call 888-953-7667 to register.

Nestucca River National Back County Byway

Clay Meyers State Natural Area at Whalen Island and Whalen Island County Park

Cascadia State Park

Camp for free June 6 and #InventAdventure

2015 Oregon State Parks Day

Camp, play and fish for free the weekend of June 6-7 in celebration of State Parks Day and Free Fishing Weekend.

State Parks Day

Camping is free the night of June 6 in traditional sites—full hookup (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookup (electricity and water), and tent sites. Parking at the 26 parks that charge a day-use parking fee will also be free June 6 & 7. Campsite reservations may be made by calling 800-452-5687 before 5 p.m. June 5. Or, reserve online at Of the 52 state park campgrounds, 40 take reservations.

Join guided hikes, open houses, tours and special barbecues on Saturday.  J.R. Beaver, Oregon’s State Park mascot, will be on hand for the kids.

Silver Falls State Park east of Salem will host a free barbecue, guided waterfall tour and its annual Foot Race Challenge, with a 5K, 6-mile and kids race. Stub Stewart State Park west of Portland will offer a free lunch at the Hilltop Day-Use area, along with a guided hike, bike ride and orienting workshop. Go to our event calendar and search on State Parks Day for a complete list of activities.

Submit your Instagram photos and videos of your park adventures throughout the weekend and summer with #InventAdventure.

Free Fishing Weekend

Visitors will be able to fish, crab and clam without a license June 6-7 for Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend, hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).  ODFW will provide the gear, bait and instructions at some state parks, including Champoeg, Detroit Lake, Jessie Honeyman and parks in the Columbia River Gorge. See a list of all events statewide.




New music videos filmed in Oregon State Parks

Two years ago, Slater Smith of The Weather Machine spent the summer filming his song “Back O’er Oregon” in 185 Oregon state parks. His latest project, Oregon Road Sessions, includes five bands playing original songs in five parks.

The first music video features the The Weather Machine playing “Wild West Coast” at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint.