Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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The health and safety of visitors as well as Forest Service employees and volunteers is paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working to meet the social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and ‘stay home, save lives’ direction from the State of Oregon to help reduce the spread of the virus.

The situation is rapidly evolving. Please check here for important updates prior to leaving home.

Recreation Updates

  • After thorough analysis of the risks to employees, volunteers, and the public we have decided to close some recreation areas and sites until concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have lessened. It is a rapidly evolving situation and we are modifying the closures as needed.
  • At this time, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Sand Lake Recreation Area are closed to all recreation. Everywhere else on the forest, we have closed campgrounds and developed recreation sites, which includes, but isn’t exclusive to, all trailheads, picnic areas, visitor centers, interpretive sites, boat launches, OHV staging areas, and campgrounds. Developed recreation sites may be a complex of sites and their access roads, or could be a trail that has some improvements (such as interpretive signs) along the way. Most trails are not considered developed sites, but all trailheads are. This supersedes a previous announcement that the entire national forest was closed to all recreation as well as an earlier announcement that did not include Oregon Dunes and Sand Lake area closures.
  • This decision supports other state and county decisions to close parks, campgrounds, and other recreation areas. These decisions address community concerns about the capacity of local emergency and health care services, crowding and congestion, and the ability of land management agencies, including the Siuslaw National Forest, to safely continue management of recreation sites. 
  • We haven’t closed any thru-roads at this time, but some roads that primarily access closed recreation sites may be physically closed. The road to the Marys Peak Day Use area just past Connor’s Camp, South Jetty Road, and roads that access recreation sites at Cape Perpetua have been closed.
  • Legal hunting and fishing with the appropriate tag is still permitted across the forest.

Public Services

  • Public services are being conducted by phone, email, or through web-based transactions. Before leaving home contact your local office by phone with questions. Phone lines and messages are being monitored. Messages will be returned in a timely manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

This page was last updated: 4/02/2020