Some national forest developed recreation sites to open for day use May 22, services limited

Contact(s): Lisa Romano

Corvallis, OR, May 20, 2020: Beginning at noon on Friday, May 22, many developed recreation sites on the Siuslaw National Forest will be opening as part of a phased reopening process. With some exceptions, most national forest boat ramps, day use sites, and trailheads, and some off-highway vehicle staging areas on the Oregon dunes, will be available for day use, in many cases with limited or no services. Visitors are strongly encouraged to follow state and local guidelines for physical distancing and staying close to home.

The ability to open recreation sites, and the level of service offered at open sites, depends on several factors, including workforce capacity and the ability to provide services in a manner that is safe for employees. Visitors should be prepared to be self-sufficient as they may encounter a reduction in or lack of services, such as bathrooms and trash collection.

“We understand how important outdoor recreation is to our local economies and to Oregonians who rely on public lands for their physical, mental, and spiritual health,” said Donna Mickley, acting forest supervisor. “Since we’re not yet able to provide the level of service at recreation sites that visitors may be accustomed to, we’re asking everyone to please protect and respect their public lands, as well as other visitors, by packing out all of their waste.”

For more information and the complete list of recreation sites opening on Friday, visit This website will be updated regularly and the list of open sites may change with little notice. Visitors should review the list prior to leaving home to ensure their destination is open for use. Planning for opening remaining sites and campgrounds is ongoing, with dates yet to be determined.  

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