What is open and closed on the Willamette National Forest?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information

The health and safety of visitors as well as Forest Service employees and volunteers is paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working across Willamette National Forest to align with the Governors' orders in Oregon state as well as the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Recreate Responsibly

We are aligning our operations with the state of Oregon to begin a phased opening of many of our recreational sites.

  • As sites reopen, services - such as restrooms or trash pickup - may continue to be unavailable. Some areas designed for high use and high concentrations of people may remain closed for the health of our employees and the public. 
  • Ranger stations are offering virtual services to members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak. Visitors and customers are encouraged to contact their local ranger station via phone or email during regular business hours for information.

Get Outdoors Safely

While we encourage you to go outside and enjoy the fresh air and nice weather, we ask that you please take extra steps to do so safely. 

  • Ensure that you are following social distancing guidelines when you are in parking areas and on the trail.  
  • We still have wet, muddy, and snowy conditions on trails and roads—these should be avoided until conditions improve. Waiting for these trail and road systems to dry out and open up will mean that our road crews, trail crews, and partner organizations don’t have to spend additional time on reparative maintenance.  
  • Let’s all protect and respect these public lands we love. 

While you are enjoying your public lands, take care to stay within your limits.

  • Be mindful of the route you take, stay on well-established trails, tell someone your plan for the day and stick to it--and don’t go out alone. Be extra cautious, as emergency responders are very busy, Resources that typically support Search and Rescue are now used to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. Please don't take any risks that might mean you need rescue or health care. If you get lost, it may take dozens or hundreds of searchers to find you, particularly if you venture off-trail. Most of these searchers are volunteers who will be leaving behind their families during this emergency to help you. They may need to prioritize their health and that of their families. If you get injured, you will be relying on an already stressed health care system, diverting hospital resources from the pandemic response.  
  • Take extra supplies for any emergency. We’ve been hearing from our county partners that they are seeing an increase in Search and Rescue operations, which puts stress on county resources, volunteers, and their families, and if you get injured, an already strained health care system.   
  • Let’s all do our part to ensure we are keeping ourselves, our families, and our communities safe by being prepared and recreating responsibly. 

Tread Lightly!

Tread Lightly! has adapted the T.R.E.A.D. Principles for social distancing outdoors to align with the recommendations from the CDC to help slow the spread of the disease and maintain physical and emotional health. Please help us keep the outdoors and enthusiasts healthy by following these easy guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

During these difficult times, we know many people seek solace outdoors. We’re asking our visitors to respect social distancing guidelines when recreating. Following these guidelines will help take care of your family, neighbors, and our community by preventing disease spread. 

What do I need to know before I visit?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its “Visiting Parks and Recreational Faculties: Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19.” The key is to know before you go and to follow safety and health guidelines from reputable sources.  Ranger Stations remain closed and many sites will not have restrooms or trash facilities available.  Be prepared to be self-reliant and pack out what you pack in. 

How do I know if a site is closed or open?

Many trailheads, boat launches, and developed recreation sites will be accessible with reduced services on May 22, 2020.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to see which developed recreation sites will be accessible and which campgrounds are currently available for reservation on www.recreation.gov .  

What services should I expect at my campground and at trailheads?

Take time to review which services your campground has.  Many campgrounds will have bathrooms, trash service and water, but some campgrounds, including Sevenmile, do not offer any services.  Folks proceeding to trails, boat launches, and day-use sites should be prepared to be self-reliant as services including restrooms, trash, and water will not be available. 

Are campfires allowed?

Yes, campfires are allowed. Please ensure your campfire is dead out before leaving it unattended.  Watch: https://youtu.be/9mlsuIQ96oo to see Fire Prevention Specialist, Brian McCloud properly start and put out a campfire. 

In the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters wilderness areas, campfires are prohibited above 5700 feet; campfires are prohibited above 6,000 feet elevation in the Diamond Peak Wilderness. 

Where can I go backpacking trail that does not have a lot of snow right now?

There are many different hiking trails with great backpacking and dispersed camping opportunities, but many forest road conditions will vary due to snow level or blowdowns.  Call us to check current conditions to a specific trailhead before heading out.

Where can I find a good spot for dispersed camping?

Dispersed camping is allowed up to 14 days off any National Forest road.  Leave your site cleaner than when you arrive and practice Leave No Trace ethics.  Your fire should be out and cold to the touch before leaving your site.  Pack out everything you bring into the Forest.

Is fishing allowed on the McKenzie River?

Catch and release is allowed about the Blue River.  Reservoirs are open year-round for fishing, and you can obtain a fishing license at Blue Sky Market.  Contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for current restrictions and regulations.

When will Terwilliger Hot springs open again?

Terwilliger Hot Springs day use will be closed until further notice. Check our website for updates and info for closures and openings.

Why are some trails and campgrounds still closed?

Trails in the 2017 Jones Fire area, including the Fall Creek Trail remain closed due to unmitigated hazards.  Other trails and developed recreation sites are still under snow and will reopen once the snow melts.  In some campgrounds, water systems still need to be turned on and tested, hazard trees need to be taken care of, restrooms need to be cleaned and repaired, trees and limbs that fell over the winter need to be removed, and the myriad of other necessary tasks that must occur before campgrounds can reopen. 

Where can I pick up a map?

While our visitor centers remain closed, maps can be found for Forests across the Pacific Northwest on our Regional website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/maps-pubs

Questions?

Send us an email to us at SM.FS.mf@usda.gov or contact us during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday- Friday.  Thank you.

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Starting on Friday, May 22, 2020 the status of the developed recreation sites below will be as follows:

  • Terwilliger Hot Springs will remain closed
  • Developed recreation sites (campgrounds, boat launches, trailheads with bathrooms, etc.).  Many will reopen though facilities including bathrooms and trash service will not be available.  Please see list below to verify if the campground you would like to visit is open.  All reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov
  • Fall Creek Trail will remain closed.

District

Campgrounds Open

Campgrounds Closed

Day Use areas gated

Detroit

  • Breitenbush
  • Cove Creek
  • Hoover
  • Humbug
  • Riverside
  • Santiam Flats
  • Southshore
  • Whispering Falls
  • Big Meadows Horse Camp
  • Piety Island
  • Cleator Bend Group
  • Cove Creek Group
  • Hoover Group
  • Fox Creek
  • Shady Cove
  • Elk Lake
  • Marion Forks
  • Three Pools
  • High elevation sites may still be under snow

Sweet Home

  • Trout Creek
  • House Rock
  • Yukwah
  • Fernview (single sites only)
  • Lost Prairie (single sites only)
  • Sevenmile (no services)
  • Longbow Org.
  • Fernview Group
  • Lost Prairie Group

 

 

McKenzie River

  • Cold Water Cove
  • Cougar Crossing
  • Delta
  • French Pete
  • Frissell Crossing
  • Hard Rock Group
  • Ice Cap
  • Limberlost
  • Lookout
  • McKenzie Bridge
  • Mona
  • Olallie
  • Paradise
  • Slide Creek
  • Sunnyside
  • Big Lake
  • Big Lake West
  • Horse Creek Group
  • Red Diamond Group
  • Roaring River Group
  • Lost Lake
  • Alder Springs
  • Terwilliger Hot Springs
  • Fish Lake day use
  • High elevation sites may still be under snow

Middle Fork

  • Blue Pool
  • Broken Bowl (limited services)
  • Bedrock
  • Black Canyon
  • Campers Flat
  • Dolly Varden
  • Packard Creek
  • Puma
  • Sand Prairie
  • Secret
  • Clark Creek Org. Camp
  • Packard Creek Group
  • North Waldo
  • Islet
  • Shadow Bay
  • Gold Lake
  • Kiahanie
  • Blair Lake
  • Indigo Springs
  • Timpanogas
  • Skookum
  • Sacandaga
  • Salmon Creek Falls
  • Harralson

 

 

 

 

Last updated on May 29, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.

 





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