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 'building a safe & strong Oregon' direction from the State 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

  • At this time, all Siuslaw National Forest recreation sites, with the exception of Cape Perpetua Visitor Center and certain group sites, are open. Visitors should check the Recreation Conditions Report prior to leaving home to ensure a site is open. The list may change with little advance notice. 
  • Be prepared to find services, including bathrooms and trash collection, limited or unavailable. Visitors should be prepared to be self-sufficient. Please protect and respect your public lands and pack out your waste

  • Public and employee health and safety remains our top priority. Visitors should review these camping guidelines as campers should adhere to gathering size limits and physical distancing guidelines.

  • In response to the state of Oregon's guidance for large gatherings coordinators of the DuneFest and UTV Takeover have decided to cancel or reschedule these events. Visitors that originally planned to attend these events should be aware that if they do not have a reservation at a campground they should not plan to camp overnight as camp sites are expected to be full. For more information about these events contact event coordinators directly.

  • We will continue to monitor and evaluate safety conditions at our recreation sites and dispersed areas and will modify our plans as needed. Follow local and state guidelines for social distancing and traveling away from home. Avoid crowding by sticking with your family unit and visiting during non-peak hours, and plan to be self-sufficient as facilities such as bathrooms many not be available. 

Public Services

  • Public services, including permit sales, 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.
  • Recreation day use passes are available for purchase online and can be printed from home. 


This page was last updated: 08/14/2020