SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon State Parks is getting ready for the 2021 camping season after weathering the effects of the pandemic.
Although Oregon Lottery and park visitor fee revenue is projected to be down more than $20 million by the end of the 2019-21 biennium that ends June 30, nearly all state parks are open or will be in the next few months, including parks that will reopen after usual seasonal closures. Oregon State Parks is also recruiting seasonal staff for park operations, and can do so because spending reductions began last year.
“Our visitors and staff have weathered a rough 12 months,” said Lisa Sumption, director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “None of us imagined this time last year that we would face a more than two-month shutdown of Oregon State Parks and then reopen under pandemic and safety precautions, followed by last September’s wildfires that damaged our local communities and several state parks. This February’s ice storm also brought down trees and limbs and damaged some facilities in northern Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge parks."
Overnight camping rates will remain the same as 2020 rates except for a $3 increase for electric hookup and full hookup sites in selected parks May 28-Sept. 6. The electric hookup rate range will be $24-$35, and the full hookup range will be $26-$38 per night at the following parks:
- Beverly Beach State Park
- Bullards Beach State Park
- Cape Blanco State Park
- Cape Lookout State Park
- Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area
- Fort Stevens State Park
- Harris Beach State Park
- Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
- Nehalem Bay State Park
- South Beach State Park
- Sunset Bay State Park
- William M. Tugman State Park
- The Cove Palisades State Park
- LaPine State Park
- Tumalo State Park
- Valley of the Rogue State Park
- Wallowa Lake State Park
- Champoeg State Heritage Area
- Detroit Lake State Recreation Area
- L.L. Stub Stewart Memorial State Park
- Silver Falls State Park
These rates include applicable state and local taxes. The temporary, COVID-related surcharge that added up to an additional 30% fee to overnight stays for out-of-state campers ended March 1. All campers in 2021 will pay the same rates. OPRD plans to open a public discussion about making out-of-state rates a normal part of the overnight stay rate structure.