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Campsite fees go up, other limits imposed in state forests

Friday, June 29, 2018

Recent rule changes adopted by the Oregon Board of Forestry adjust camping fees in state forests, provide additional benefits to qualifying military veterans and active-duty service members, revise overnight stay limits on state forests, and initiate a pilot campsite reservation program at Northrup Creek Horse Camp.

Drive-in campsites will now cost $20 per night for up to two vehicles and walk-in tent sites are $15 per night. Fees for group campsites and extra vehicle fees remain the same, as do fees for designated camping areas.

Beginning May 25, ODF will begin charging camping fees at the following designated camping areas in the Tillamook State Forest: Morrison Eddy ($15 per night) along with Cedar Creek and North Fork Wilson Designated Campsites ($5 per vehicle per night).

Military veterans with a service-connected disability who hold the Veteran’s Special Access Pass issued by Oregon State Parks can stay in Oregon Department of Forestry campgrounds for free. Additionally, the agency will waive fees for active-duty service members on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

The rule changes also address how long campers may stay. Stays on state forestland may be no longer than 14 consecutive days, or more than 42 days over a 12-month period. This change is due to the increasing trend of people who stay for long periods of time and use state forests as their primary residence.

While the public is welcomed and encouraged to enjoy Oregon’s state forests, long-term camping restricts availability of camping sites for recreational uses, and creates safety and sanitation challenges, the agency said.

Additionally, occupancy limits for developed campgrounds will be a maximum of eight people, two tents and two vehicles per campsite unless otherwise posted.


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