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Camp free at state parks June 7

Oregon celebrates State Parks Day

Camping will be free at all state parks in Oregon the night of Saturday, June 7, in observance of State Parks Day.

Day-use parking also will be free June 7.

“Free camping and day use on the first Saturday in June has become a big tradition for visitors and for our staff,” said Lisa Van Laanen, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director.

The Oregon Legislature established the first Saturday in June as Oregon State Parks Day in 1997, a celebration devoted to the state’s park systems and a free-camping thank you to Oregonians for their continued support.

Gov. John Kitzhaber, in a proclamation issued May 21, 2012, encouraged all Oregonians to observe State Parks Day.

This year’s celebration will offer numerous events around the state, including guided hikes, tours, barbecues and guest appearances by J.R. Beaver, Oregon’s State Park mascot.

For a complete list of events, go to http://bit.ly/OPRDcalendar.

Campsite reservations may be made by calling Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687) before 5 p.m. June 5. Or reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org.

About half of Oregon’s 53 state park campgrounds take reservations.

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