More than 2.8 million overnights were booked at Oregon parks last year, and the record number of visits has the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department scrambling to attract campers at less popular times, and often overlooked sites.
Oregon’s coastal parks attract the most visitors, so the parks department will increase rates there from August 15 to September. It’s a pilot program, and sites that will see rate increase are: Cape Lookout, Fort Stevens, Silver Falls and Tumalo state parks. Rates at these parks will increase $3 rate for RV sites, and $5 for cabins and yurts. Tent campsite rates will stay same.
Beachside State Recreation Site, Ainsworth State Park, Detroit Lake State Recreation Area and Wallowa Lake State Park will see increases on especially impacted campsites at each park.
Chris Havel, spokesperson for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department told OPB, ” “We’re going to be offering steep discounts to try and attract those people who are really shopping by price to those parks that have capacity.”