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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Diamond Lake campgrounds open early

Unseasonably warm weather and virtually no snow has allowed the Umpqua National Forest to open a handful of its campgrounds around Diamond Lake.

And while similar conditions exist around Fish Lake and Union Creek, the concessionaire who runs those campgrounds for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest says logistics keep her from opening before May 1.

"It's basically campground-host availability," says Alisa Acosta, who owns the concessionaire company Rogue Recreation. A lot of....

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Concessionaire could land more Forest Service campgrounds

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is considering turning over operation of six more of its campgrounds to a concessionaire as a way to keep them open and maintained for the public, but with some fee increases.
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