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Join us for a First Day Hike Jan. 1


Hike and watch for whales on Jan. 1

We’re headed outside on New Year’s Day for First Day Hikes in 21 Oregon State Parks. Park rangers or volunteers will lead most of the hikes. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Plan for any type of weather condition and remember to bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Participating parks and meeting areas:







Gray whales are on the move during Dec. 27-31 Whale Watch Week

Watching for gray whales at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint.

Watching for gray whales at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint.

If you’re headed to the Oregon coast next week, watch for migrating whales with trained volunteers during the annual winter Whale Watching Week from Dec. 27-31. Volunteers with the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help people spot gray whales that are heading south to Mexico.

“We’ve already seen the first migrating gray whales in the past few days and we expect another excellent winter whale watching week.  Last winter our volunteers helped people see more than 1,600 gray whales plus a pod of orcas and some humpback whales spotted on the central coast. You never know what you’re going to see while you’re whale watching, but that’s half the fun.” Ranger Luke Parsons, Whale Watching Center

Volunteers will also share information about whale migration and feeding habits. The winter migration typically lasts until mid-January. A map of the watch sites is available at

Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Go to to check availability and make a reservation.

OPRD reminds visitors to check and for weather-related alerts and closures before heading to the coast. Be aware of winter storms and high waves—respect closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated site.

Sale! $5 off 12-month day-use parking permit

Just $25 in December

2016 Oregon State Parks day-use pass sale

Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season with an annual Oregon State Parks day-use parking permit. From Dec. 1-31,  you can buy them for only $25–that’s $5 off the regular price of $30. Purchasing these passes is easy–buy them ONLINE, along with branded holiday gift gear, such as portable coolers, water bottles and baseball caps.

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.

The Oregon Coast Passport is also discounted $5 in December. The passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon coast. The coastal passports are on sale for $30–regularly $35–in December.

You can buy the Oregon State Parks parking permits and Oregon Coast Passport at major Oregon State Parks offices, some state park friends’ group stores and local businesses throughout the state. See a complete list of vendors.

First time members of the 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.