Oregon Campsites Still Available, Says State Parks
(Salem, Oregon) - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's (OPRD) has said there should still be some availability for campsites for Memorial Day Weekend. Barring a sudden change in the weather forecast to warm and sunny, reserving a state park campsite is still possible.
Reservations Northwest, OPRD’s campsite reservation center, appears to have scattered openings available because of cancellations. Bookings made by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 27, can reserve sites for Saturday, May 29 and the rest of the weekend.
OPRD said previous weather reports and conditions this week have spooked many campers. On the Oregon coast, many lodgings report reservations from people who are still holding onto their campsite reservations, but making plans for second options should the weather turn.
Forecasts are calling for a primarily decent holiday weekend throughout Oregon, however.
"Some pretty good options still exist out there," said Reservations Northwest Call Center Manager Sheri Miller. "If you don't have a reservation, starting your search as early as possible on Friday improves your chances of finding a spot. Many people discover that traveling without the guarantee of finding a site can pay off."
There are alternatives for those campers making last-minute decisions. More than 20 of OPRD's 54 parks with campgrounds offer campsites on a first-come, first-served basis in every region of the state. Updated information on vacancies is available from the State Park Information Center by calling 1-800-551-6949 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. A list of these parks is posted at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/reserve2.shtml.