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Play free at state parks Saturday

Day-use fees waived June 7 at 26 Oregon parks


by: NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Hikes, presentations and group bike or horseback rides are planned at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park near Buxton as part of State Parks Day Saturday.Admission to state parks throughout Oregon is free this Saturday, June 7, in celebration of State Parks Day.

Parking will be free at all 26 of Oregon’s day-use parks, while free services at tent and RV sites include full hookup (sewer, electricity, and water) and electrical hookup (electricity and water). Park Day events include guided hikes, barbecues and guest appearances by Oregon’s river-dwelling state park mascot, J.R. Beaver.

In western Washington County, near Buxton on Highway 47, volunteers and special guests will lead hikes, presentations and group bike or horseback rides in L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park. Come early for a trail work party and hang out for a park-sponsored lunch. Camping and day-use are free in designated areas.

“State Parks Day is our chance to say ‘thank you’ to our visitors,” said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Director Lisa Van Laanen. “Free camping and day use on the first Saturday in June has become a big tradition for visitors — and for our staff.”

Salem’s Silver Falls State Park will host the Silver Falls Challenge Foot Race and a free barbecue in the South Falls Lodge Courtyard. Florence’s Jessie M. Honeyman State Park will host a grand opening for a new fishing dock and hold introductory courses for canoes and kayaks.

Visit oregonstateparks.org for a complete list of events.

June 7 is also National Trails Day and June 7 to 8 is Free Fishing Weekend sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Visit dfw.state.or.us for a complete list of statewide free fishing events hosted by ODFW. Reserve a campsite by calling Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687) before 5 p.m. June 5 or reserve online at oregonstateparks.org.

About half of Oregon’s 53 state parks take campground reservations.



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