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More Outdoor Recreation Sites Re-Open In Time For Memorial Day

Chris Lehman

Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, more outdoor recreation sites are re-opening in Oregon.

Most developed state and federal recreation sites closed earlier this spring in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some day-use sites and boat ramps re-opened a few weeks ago. Now, the Forest Service is opening a slew of sites, including some campgrounds.

Visitors are warned that not all services will be available. Officials at Willamette National Forest even Tweeted out a video showing people how to relieve themselves if a bathroom is closed.

Meanwhile the state of Oregon announced camping at state parks will resume, but not until June 9. All of the agencies advise visitors to check in advance to ensure their destination of choice is open.

Some popular sites such as Terwilliger Hot Springs andSand Lake Recreation Area will remain closed for the time being.

Meanwhile, some Oregon political leaders are asking residents to stay close to home over the holiday weekend. Gov. Kate Brown issued a joint statement along with 26 mayors urging Oregonians to"stay local" in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“This Memorial Day weekend, a backyard barbecue or a small family gathering is the best way to stay healthy as we build a safe and strong Oregon," said Brown and the mayors. "If you want to get outdoors, find a place to hike or bike or paddle close to home. And, please, wear a face covering when you are around others.”

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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