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Kick off Summer in Oregon with State Parks Day and a Free Fishing Weekend

Julie Anderson Jackson

Oregonians, kick off your summer in the outdoors with State Parks Day on June 4th and Free Fishing Weekend from June 4th and 5th.

Take advantage of all that the outdoors in our state has to offer for free on State Parks Day. Camping is free on the night of June 4 at traditional campsites, which include full hookup (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookup (electricity and water), and tent sites. Yurts, cabins and tepees are available at regular price. Day use parking in Oregon’s 26 state park areas will also be free both June 4 and June 5.

You can make reservations online by calling (800)452-5687 before the deadline at 5pm on June 3rd. You can also reserve campsites online at www.oregonstateparks.org. An $8 non-refundable reservation fee still applies. Of the state’s 52 park campgrounds, 42 take reservations.

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Hiker Callie Miles takes in the view at Smith Rock State Park

Guided hikes, open houses, tours, barbecues and guest appearances by the Oregon State Park mascot J.R. Beaver are some of the events being hosted by Oregon’s state parks.

Silver Falls State Park near Salem is hosting a free barbecue, guided waterfall tour, and its annual Foot Race Challenge: a 5K, 6-mile and kids race. L.L. Stub Stewart State Park near Portland will host a volunteer work party in the morning, followed by free lunch at Hilltop Day-use Area, a guided bike ride, scavenger hunt, skins and skulls display and more.

Visitors will also be able to fish, crab and clam without a license June 4-5 for Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend, hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. For a list of Free Fishing Weekend events click here.

To find out more about Free Fishing Weekend and youth fishing opportunities hosted by ODFW with equipment and guidance provided, click here.

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Kick off Summer in Oregon with State Parks Day and a Free Fishing Weekend