Providing Service during COVID-19

An advisory urging people to stay home durign pandemic, a forest trail in the background.

 

PROVIDING SERVICE DURING COVID-19

Updated August 10, 2020 - For our safety and yours, all Umatilla National Forest offices are restricted for public access at this time.  In addition, to align with the direction from the state governors phased re-opening approach, some developed recreation sites, including campgrounds and rental cabins are also closed. Please see homepage for a complete list of open campgrounds. All Umatilla National Forest trailheads, Sno-Parks, boat ramps and day-use areas are opened. Forest roads, trails, and general forest lands are also still open for public use.  

Developed Recreation Closure FAQ's

  

SERVICES AVAILABLE ONLINE, BY PHONE AND EMAIL

General Information: (541) 278-3716

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Maps: https://store.usgs.gov or http://www.discovernw.org/

Passes and Permits: http://www.discovernw.org/

Email us at: r6_umatilla_public_inquiries@fs.fed.us

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19. 

The health and safety of visitors as well as Forest Service employees, volunteers, and partners is paramount.  Popular sites on the Forest may draw visitors that exceed the latest recommendations for social distancing guidelines.  We ask that visitors practice Know Before You Go principles and avoid high concentration areas on the Forest to help us slow the spread of COVID-19.

*As a reminder many of our campgrounds are inaccessible at this time due to snow. Some roads and trails are also closed due to flood damage.  For more information on current closure due to flood damage click here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the closure necessary?

The decision to close is a difficult one. Recreation provides physical and mental health benefits. Unfortunately, too many people were not following recent safety guidelines while out on our landscapes. At this time, it is extremely important that we follow the direction of scientists and doctors to stay home except for essential needs.

Isn’t being out in the wilderness safer than being elsewhere?

In some ways, yes, but other people also think so. When everyone heads to their favorite recreation area, suddenly people are parking together, sharing facilities, passing on the trail. Closing access is a significant step, but it’s necessary and temporary. The sooner people follow stay home direction, the sooner we can welcome folks back.

What is a developed recreation site?

A deveoped reacreation site is an area or location that has been improved for the purpose of proving a recreational oppurtunity.  This 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.

State-managed Sno-Park parking areas that are located on National Forest Lands are also closed (with one expeption: Umatilla National Forest has two Sno-Parks that remain open; forest staff are monitoring signs of heavy use or failure to observe social distancing at these sites).

Is dispersed camping allowed?

Currently, dispersed camping - or camping other than at a developed campground - is allowed, providing an area closure order is not in affect. 

Please delay travel to outdoor destinations as much as possible.  We'll be here ready for you when it's much safer for all of us.





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