Lane County Parks to Increase Visitors' Fees

Jun 22, 2020

Starting July 1st, some Lane County Parks will see price increases for parking and camping. This change was planned to take place in April, but was postponed to accommodate Oregon’s Stay Home Save Lives order.

Being cooped up because of the pandemic has been tough on everyone, especially kids. With summer approaching, many parents wonder how they can get their kids out of the house, safely.

In May, the Oregon Health officials gave Day Camps the green light to operate-- but only under strict health and safety guidelines. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert checked in with a few providers as they prepare for a modified 2020 summer camp season.

Oregon State Parks

The limited re-opening of Forest Service and State Parks camping is great news for outdoor-loving Oregonians. Still, officials say, it’s important to follow Phase One guidelines, and be respectful.

By the end of May, Oregon State Parks will list the campgrounds opening June 9th, primarily to people with existing reservations. Chris Havel, with Oregon State Parks, says, “What’s going on right now is our managers are sitting down with pen and paper, literally, and drawing out schedules to see where we have enough staff to provide coverage and where we don’t.”

Brian Bull / KLCC

Summer means camping, which can bring up images of drooping tents, wet sleeping bags, and swarms of mosquitos. But many campsite owners are offering amenities to make the experience more comfy, even luxurious.  And while critics say “glamping” defeats the purpose of getting away from it all, others say the trend has always been around.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visits some glamp sites in Oregon.

New camping rules for parts of the Umpqua National Forest near Cottage Grove go into effect today (Monday). Officials say long-term, homeless campers have created unsanitary conditions.

Camping along portions of Brice Creek and Sharps Creek will be limited to 14 days in a 45-day period. Melissa Swain is with the Cottage Grove Ranger District. She says the rule is changing because some campers have not kept clean sites: