It’s time to mark your calendars and get ready for a special day of appreciation. State Parks Day is coming up on June 3rd, 2023 in Oregon, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the beauty of the state parks while enjoying some perks.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is going all out to express gratitude to the people of Oregon who have supported the state park system for many years. On State Parks Day, day-use parking fees will be waived at all 25 locations that usually charge them. No more hassle of searching for change or worrying about parking fees – simply head to your favorite park and enjoy the day.
The Oregon State Parks Department is also waiving camping fees for all tent, RV, and horse campsites across the state. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or someone eager to try out a night under the stars, this is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a camping adventure at no cost.
In addition to the free parking and camping, several special events and activities have been planned to enhance the State Parks Day experience.
Oregon State Parks Day Events
- Cove Palisades: Join the Festival of the Land, a free event celebrating the history, food, and culture of Central Oregon. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can enjoy a range of activities such as archeology hikes, kids’ games, mini farmers markets, and displays highlighting topics like pollinators, wildfires, and fish.
- Smith Rock: Participate in trail maintenance projects with Trail Keepers of Oregon. This volunteer-led initiative will focus on improving the trails in the park from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring snacks, lunch, water, and work gloves. Registration is required, so make sure to sign up in advance.
- Valley of the Rogue: Experience the Veteran’s Powwow, a cultural ceremony featuring gourd dancing and vendor booths. The powwow will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 3rd and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 4th.
- Jessie M Honeyman: Engage in an educational film screening at the Amphitheater located in the B loop overnight campground. Weather permitting, this event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. You can park at the Sand Dunes Day use parking area and take a short walk to the amphitheater or find limited parking by the campground registration booth.
- L.L. Stub Stewart: Discover the work of local fire departments, state forestry agencies, and volunteer organizations at the Friends of Stub Stewart State Park event. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can visit booths and tables set up around the Welcome Center building. Enjoy snacks, refreshments, arts and crafts activities, and informative displays.
- Luckiamute: Embark on a bird-watching adventure called Bird Bingo. From 9 a.m. to noon, you can participate in this activity by registering online. Pre-registered participants will receive a bingo card consisting of common birds and plants found in the park. The event starts with a casual stroll along the North Luckiamute Trail, led by a park ranger. Binoculars will be provided to all registered participants.
- Sitka Sedge: Explore the local flora and fauna during a guided hike at Sitka Sedge State Natural Area. Join the park staff from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for an informative and enjoyable hike where you’ll learn about the unique plants and wildlife in the area. The meeting point is the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Parking Lot off Sandlake Road. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather, bring water, and pack a snack. The first half-mile of the hike is on a flat, packed gravel path that is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
With so many events happening across Oregon, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re seeking cultural experiences, educational opportunities, or simply a chance to immerse yourself in nature, State Parks Day has you covered.
If you’re considering camping on State Parks Day it’s always a good idea to check the availability in advance. You can visit oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com to find out about camping availability or explore the first-come-first-served campsites on the Oregon State Parks website.