Camping will be free the night of June 2 at all State Parks in Oregon and day-use parking will be free as Oregon celebrates State Parks Day.
"Free camping and parking is our chance to say 'thank you' to our visitors," said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Tim Wood.
In a proclamation issued May 21, Governor Kitzhaber encouraged all Oregonians to observe State Parks Day. The Oregon State Legislature established Oregon State Parks Day in 1997 to focus public attention on the heritage, use, development and funding of Oregon's state park system. The event is held the first Saturday in June.
This year's celebration will include numerous events across the state including guided hikes, tours, special barbecues and guest appearances by J.R. Beaver, Oregon's State Park mascot.
Campsite reservations may be made by calling Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687) before 5 p.m. May 31. Campers can also reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org. About half of Oregon's 53 state park campgrounds take reservations.
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