Sleepless in a sleeping bag

Sleepless in a sleeping bag

Who knew that bitterns have appetites as voracious as tigers’?

I have just witnessed one of these brown, chicken-sized birds catch and eat a frog. A minute later, it snagged and swallowed a fish. To put this in human terms, it’s equivalent, I figure, of devouring a slab of prime rib followed immediately by a halibut steak.
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Test-drive family camping at Collier State Park

New or rusty campers who want to test-drive a night in a tent with their family can do so at Collier State Park in Klamath County under a state program looking to help families discover the joys of camping.

They likely will have to cook their s'mores over crackling briquettes thanks to a ban on campfires and other flames in state parks due to fire season, but other than that, all systems will be go.

The Oregon State Parks Department's expanding "Lets Go Camping" program will set.....

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Campers being steered from Diamond Lake

Hundreds of campers bound this weekend for Diamond Lake will be steered toward other High Cascades campgrounds to curb conflicts with fire crews battling two nearby wildfires.

The Umpqua National Forest this week put a temporary halt to any new reservations or walk-up use to its more than 400 campsites around Diamond Lake off Highway 138 in eastern Douglas County while crews are battling the National Creek Complex fires.

Only reservations made before last Monday will be honored...

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Changes would streamline reservations at state parks, cost more for some

The Oregon State Parks Department is mulling a series of changes to its campground reservation rules, some of which would streamline and improve the reservation process, while others would dip a little deeper into some campers' wallets.

Officials said the changes to the 19-year-old reservation system would improve customer service and take advantage of changes in technology that have come about since the program first went online.

Parks officials are taking written comments on...

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Stewart State Park to host camping event

Joseph Stewart State Park, located along the shores of Lost Creek Lake, will host an overnight guided camping excursion June 19-21 to help Oregonians try camping without first having to invest in the equipment and learn the ins and outs of sleeping under the stars.

Sponsored by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the "Let's Go Camping" program is being held at 19 state campgrounds throughout the summer, with Stewart State Park tapped for the Father's Day weekend.

For $30 per.....

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Crews clean blowdown at Howard Prairie

Crews clean blowdown at Howard Prairie

Contract crews are in the midst of removing nearly 100 downed or damaged trees from two Howard Prairie Lake campgrounds closed since high winds from a February storm pummeled the Dead Indian Plateau.

The heaviest damage came to Howard Prairie Lake Resort's South Loop Campground, which could open in another week for tent campers now that 86 downed or standing hazard trees are being removed.
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Camp and fish for free at Oregon state parks next weekend

Outdoor enthusiasts and penny pinchers alike can look forward to visiting Oregon parks next weekend.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department reported anyone looking to get out into the woods can head to any state campground for free the weekend of June 6 and 7. The offer is a celebration of Oregon State Parks Day, an annual event established in 1997 to focus public attention on the state's park system. 

The agency said camping is free the night of June 6 at...

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Camping in Southern Oregon: Choicest campgrounds often fill up fast

Camping in Southern Oregon: Choicest campgrounds often fill up fast

When it comes to trendy commodities, you often hear the phrase "Get 'em while they're hot."

If you're talking about camping at Crater Lake National Park's Mazama Campground, you'd best make your reservations before it gets hot.

The farther into the summer travel season, the more likely campers could be turned away to find refuge in nearby Forest Service campgrounds that may or may not have running water and are guaranteed not to have hot showers.

The sole campground in....

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