HOOD RIVER, Ore. - Warm weather brings more crowds to the Columbia River Gorge, but there's still plenty of areas that are closed off to the public as the region continues to recover from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.
Officials ask visitors to respect closure markings where conditions remain dangerous. Trails, parks, and roads operated by the U.S. Forest Service, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation are still dangerous and will not open to the public until they are safe.
These emergency closures are important for two reasons: to permit areas to recover their health, and to protect public safety. Rocks, limbs, and trees continue to fall. Work crews are helping the recovery along, so in addition to natural hazards, the closed areas are active work zones. Unlawful entry into closures could cause work delays and the potential for accidental injuries.
The following areas are open for public recreation:
Bridal Veil Falls State Park
Dabney State Recreation Area
Deschutes River State Recreation Area
Government Island State Recreation Area
Guy Talbot State Park and trail to Latourell Falls
Lewis & Clark State Recreation Site
Sandy River Delta
Memaloose State Park
Mitchell Point / Wygant State Natural Area
Mosier Creek Falls (waterfalls)
Mosier Twin Tunnels
Multnomah Falls Lodge and lower viewing platform (trails remain closed)
Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint
Rooster Rock State Park
Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena Plateau (seasonal closure through April 30)
Starvation Creek State Park Rest Area and Historic Highway State Trail to Viento State Park only (trail west remains closed)
The Dalles Waterfront Trail
Many other recreation sites east of Bridal Veil and west of Starvation Creek State Park on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed, including the Historic Columbia River Highway between Ainsworth and Bridal Veil. Rocks continue to fall in the area and there is no timeline yet for re-opening. Contractors and public agency staff are working to open trail segments and will issue public announcements as these areas open.
Law enforcement says they will cite people with criminal trespass if they enter a closed area. The penalty could be up to a $1,000 fine and jail time.
You can go to the U.S. Forrest service website for updates.