Four Oregon state parks remained closed on Friday after heavy windstorms brought down trees and damaged facilities statewide.
For the most part, officials were able to clear the trees and the state’s “First Day” guided hikes on Sunday are expected to go forward.
The parks that remain closed include:
Even with most parks open, park officials encouraged visitors to be careful and follow these safety tips.
- Stay clear of downed trees. They can be under tension and spring up unexpectedly to cause injury or death.
- Do not climb on downed trees. Sometimes they are held in place by only a strand of bark or a few fibers.
- Trees and debris may be unexpectedly blocking access to recreational features, trails or facilities. Please be patient, follow all posted signs and make safe choices.
- If it continues to rain, more damage could occur including fallen trees on trails.
- Service levels in restroom facilities, garbage collection and beach access obstruction removal can be reduced during cleanup. Please be patient.
High wind and rain resulted in power outages and flooding at parks across the state earlier in the week. At least nine parks closed or partially closed, 10 lost power and at least 17 experienced weather-related damage. Power was restored to all parks by Thursday afternoon.
Zach Urness has been an outdoors reporter in Oregon for 15 years and is host of the Explore Oregon Podcast. To support his work, subscribe to the Statesman Journal. Urness is the author of “Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon” and “Hiking Southern Oregon.” He can be reached at zurness@StatesmanJournal.com or 503-399-6801. Find him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.