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 Governor's orders in Oregon as well as the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Recreate Responsibly

We align our operations with the State of Oregon's COVID guidelines of our recreational sites.

  • As sites reopen, services - such as restrooms or trash pickup - may be reduced or unavailable. 
  • 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.
  • Visit: https://arcg.is/14SO8v to find out about Forest Service emergency closure orders across Oregon and Washington related to COVID-19 or wildfires.
  • Check out what's open and closed on the Willamette National Forest. Scroll down to the conditions report.

Get Outdoors Safely

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.
  • 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.  
  • Have a backup plan or two, in case the places you're hoping to visit are full or crowded. 
  • 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. 

  1. 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. 
     
  2. How do I know if a site is closed or open?
    Most recreation sites remain open, however, come prepared to expect reduced services (no trash service, closed restrooms). See openings to know which developed recreation sites will be accessible and which campgrounds are currently available for reservation on www.recreation.gov.

    We also have a number of area closures in effect: Lionshead and Beachie Creek Fire closure, Holiday Farm Fire closure, and Fall Creek Trail closures. 
     
  3. What services should I expect at campgrounds, trailheads, sno-parks, and other recreation sites?
    Many campgrounds will have bathrooms, trash service and water, but some campgrounds, including Sevenmile, offer more limited services.  Folks proceeding to trails, boat launches, and day-use sites should be prepared to be self-reliant as some services including restrooms, trash, and water may not be available. Due to theft, we have needed to remove fee tubes at many of our trailheads so there is no longer a way to pay on-site. Day-use passes and annual passes are available electronically, by mail, and through local vendors. Visit: https://go.usa.gov/xfW75 to learn more about these passes and where to purchase them.
     
  4. Are campfires allowed?
    Campgrounds are allowed most times of the year on the Willamette National Forest. 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.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. How can I book my campsite?
    Visit www.recreation.gov to reserve a campsite. Many reservations can be modified or cancelled online. Some sites are managed by the Forest Service and can be made on-site. 
     

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.
 

Last updated on Dec. 18, 2020





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