Our Parks (Fast Facts)
There are 241 state parks in Oregon, providing a wide variety of recreational and learning experiences ranging from public beaches along the coast to quiet campgrounds along major highways to scenic and historic attractions throughout the state.
Oregon’s state parks:
- Encompass 99,440 acres (as of July 1, 2008).
- In 2007, hosted 41.2 day-use (ranked 5th nationally) and 2.4 million overnight visits (ranked 8th nationally).
- Generate nearly $500 million for local economies.
- Include 56 parks with overnight accomodations.
- Offer a total 5,575 standard campground sites and 49 group camping areas.
- Include 174 day-use areas, with a total of ~6,400 picnic sites and 77 picnic shelters.
- Have approximately 500 miles of recreational trails and 265 miles of roads (176 miles paved).
- Preserve 362 miles of ocean shore.
- Include 47 parks with boat launches and 23 parks with hiker-biker camps.
- Offer meeting halls in 10 parks.
- Include visitor centers or museums in nine parks.
In 2007, nearly 38,500 volunteers donated more than 464,222 hours at Oregon state parks. The estimated value of their donated volunteer work was over $8 million.
Today, more than one-third of the total land classified as a state park in Oregon was donated by individuals, families and businesses.
In 1998, Ballot Measure 66 created the Parks and Natural Resource Fund (PNRF) by dedicating 15 percent of the state’s lottery revenue for state parks and salmon recovery. This important legislation earmarked half of the revenue to create and maintain state parks, historic sites and recreation areas. Today, lottery revenues provide about 42% of the funding needed to maintain and enhance Oregon State Parks.
Since July 1997, OPRD has spent nearly $19.5 million in lottery money on goods and services through its Parks and Prisons Partnership Program. Oregon Department of Corrections inmates have produced many products including 66 pre-fabricated cabins, 97 yurts, 2,642 interior furnishings, 192 boat docks, 159 park gates, 236 kiosk structures, 28,983 signs, 3,866 fire rings, and 5,022 picnic tables.
About half of region’s state park campgrounds do not need a reservation. You just show up at the park. However, 39 of the most popular campgrounds are reservable up to nine months in advance, but no fewer than two days before your stay.
Oregon State Parks Campsite Reservations (Reservations Northwest): 800-452-5687
General Information about Oregon State Parks: 800-551-6949