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Sale! $5 off 12-month parking permit Dec. 1-31

2015 day-use parking permit sale

What better stocking stuffer than a year of free parking at Oregon’s state parks? From
Dec. 1-31, you can buy an annual day-use parking permit for only $25 — that’s $5 off the regular price of $30. Purchasing these passes is now easier than ever — buy them online at with a card bearing the Visa or MasterCard logo.

Parking costs $5 a day at 26 Oregon State Parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. The 24-month pass is $50. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

Walk-in customers can buy the parking permits and gift certificates at major Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offices, some state park friends’ group stores and local businesses throughout the state. For a complete list of vendors, visit

First time members of the private nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation ( receive a free 12-month permit at the $45 membership level or above.

Visitors are the single largest source of funding for Oregon’s state parks. Revenue from RV registrations and the Oregon Lottery, dedicated by voters in 1998 and 2010, make up the rest.

Free day-use parking Nov. 27 at Oregon State Parks

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South Falls at Silver Falls State Park

South Falls at Silver Falls State Park is full after the recent rains. The day-use parking fee is waived on Nov. 27, 2015.

Chiming in on one nationwide outdoor retailer’s announcement it will encourage people to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will suspend day parking fees Nov. 27, 2015 at all 26 state parks that charge one.

“Rain or shine, windy or not, we’re thankful Oregon’s outdoors are a constant source of joy,” says Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director Lisa Sumption. “Take a break, get out, and enjoy some fresh air.”

Most state parks are free year-round, but the 26 that charge for parking include places like Fort Stevens near Astoria, Silver Falls near Salem, and The Cove Palisades near Madras. Daily parking is $5 per vehicle, but 1- and 2-year passes are also available online at .

Looking for Whale Watch Week and Collier State Park holiday event volunteers

Whale Watching Spoken Here training Dec. 5

Learn about whales and then help others spot them during the Whale Watch Weeks.

Become a volunteer for upcoming Whale Watch Weeks. Whale Watching Spoken Here training is set for Dec. 5 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Here’s a chance to learn from Dr. Bruce Mate, renowned whale expert and director of the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute. After the training, you’re eligible to volunteer at the Winter and Spring Whale Watch Weeks, Dec. 27-31 and March 19-26, 2016. To register, visit and click on the “2015-2016 Volunteer Registration and Training Schedule.”

Volunteer for Christmas in the Cookhouse at Collier Memorial State Park

Volunteers are needed to help put on Collier Memorial State Park’s 3rd Annual Christmas in the Cookhouse event on Dec. 12. Volunteers will help spread holiday cheer by assisting with crafts, storytelling, caroling, snacks and more. The event runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Collier Memorial Logging Museum. Volunteer shifts run anywhere from an hour to all day. Collier Memorial State Park is near Chiloquin, Ore.

For information, contact park ranger Miranda Krane at 541-783-2471 Ext. 23 or at

Wagon ride at Collier Memorial State Park

A wagon ride powered by heavy equipment. One of the many activities at the Collier Memorial Christmas at the Cookhouse.