The Oregon State Parks Department will reopen several south coast parks to camping on June 9, including Harris Beach State Park.
At all the campgrounds that are opening, yurt and cabin camping remains closed, as does large-group camping. No walk-in or first-come, first-served camping is available at present time.
Oregon State Parks announced the reopening of campgrounds last week.
“I am cautiously delighted. We are working hard to welcome campers wherever we can safely do so, as soon as we can," said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption.
Sumption said that campgrounds will open only when the following conditions are met:
• Public health guidelines (OHA established) for the county are fulfilled.
• The local community agrees.
• The park has enough staff, supplies and equipment to safely open and operate at a basic level.
Sumption also noted that revenue loss, COVID-19 precautions and staff reductions will curtail services at most if not all campgrounds.
Typical services such as trash collection, restrooms, and showers are limited, both due to their expense and the limited staffing. Fewer staff and funds are available for landscape maintenance and cleanup, a point driven home by storm damage in central Oregon this past weekend.
Given the uncertainties of staffing and public health considerations reservation services will resume but in a likewise limited manner.
Reservations will be accepted online at https://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ and by phone at 800-452-5687, beginning Wednesday, June 3 at noon. New reservations will be accepted one day to two weeks in advance only, instead of one day to 9 months in advance, which had been in place for years. Not all sites at all parks are available, and many were already reserved before the system closed. No walk-in or first-come, first-served camping will be available on the coast until further notice. For more information on camping reservations, visit https://stateparks.oregon.gov
Other campgrounds on the Oregon Coast that will reopen on June 9 are Fort Stevens near Astoria, Cape Lookout near Tillamook, Nehalem Bay south of Cannon Beach, Beverly Beach north of Newport, South Beach south of Newport, and Humbug Mountain south of Port Orford.