This is the first post in what I hope to be a monthly series of news roundups from around the web highlighting important changes in camping in the Northwest.
Smoking Banned in Oregon State Parks
Smoking has been banned in most public areas in all Oregon State Parks. Smoking is still allowed within the parks if you are in your car, RV/trailer or in developed campsites. Fines for smoking can reach up to $110 however it sounds like the first year will be spent by rangers educating the public about the new rules. For more information visit:
Online Reservations for Lewis River Campgrounds
Starting March 1st, 2014 reservations for the Lewis River area campgrounds can be made online. Previously reservations were made through a phone system and the first two campgrounds to accept online reservations will be for Cresap Bay and Cougar campgrounds. You can access the online reservation system at http://www.lr-reservations.com/ and read more about the changes here: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2014/02/lewis_river_campground_reserva.html
New Target Shooting Rules for Mt. Hood National Forest
Reckless target shooting has been an ongoing issue in the Mt. Hood National Forest and several articles have been published over the last few years highlighting the problems. New rules have been drafted and released for target shooting and many popular areas have been closed. You can view the new rules at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5447154 and find a list of closed areas at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5422894