Umatilla National Forest to re-open day-use sites

Release Date: May 19, 2020

Contact(s): Darcy Weseman (541) 278-3722

Developed campgrounds and cabin rentals will remain closed

PENDLETON, Ore. – The Umatilla National Forest is reopening day-use sites on the Forest, as part of a phased approach to align with Oregon and Washington Governors’ gradual restoration of some outdoor recreation. Beginning Friday, May 22, all Umatilla National Forest trailheads, Sno-Parks, boat ramps and day-use areas will be re-opened. Forest roads, trails, and general forest lands are also still open for public use. At this phase, the Forest will not be re-opening developed recreation sites intended for overnight use, therefore campgrounds and cabin rentals remain closed.

Forest decisions to re-open developed recreation sites are based on public safety (such as weather or hazard conditions) and the safety of employees or volunteers maintaining the sites. As sites reopen, services may not be available, including restrooms or trash collection. The Forest cannot guarantee restrooms that are open will be routinely serviced and those utilizing these facilities are doing so at their own discretion. Forest visitors should come prepared with personal hygiene items, including hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Additionally, be prepared to pack out any items brought on site.

The public is reminded that several roads and trails are closed in areas with significant flood damage. Detailed closure maps and updates on flood repair activities are available on the Forest website and at any Forest office. Closure signs will also be posted on the ground.

Many forest roads are still not accessible due to mud, snow or snow drifts.  In addition, traveling on thawing, saturated, and muddy roads can result in resource damage and serious safety concerns, especially if visitors are unprepared. Forest conditions are dynamic this time of year and likely to change throughout the day and week. The public is encouraged to monitor the Umatilla National Forest Facebook page and website for updates on forest conditions or flood repair activities.

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