One of Oregon’s most unique summers is coming to an end this Labor Day Weekend.
A season that saw mass closures of recreation sites due to the COVID-19 pandemic from March to May, followed by an unprecedented number of people flooding outdoors from June to August, has meant nothing about this recreation season has felt normal.
And that continues into the holiday weekend.
Hot temperatures combined with the pandemic’s lingering impact means Oregonians will be headed to the forest, mountains and beach in droves, but finding a campsite or a good hike could be a big challenge.
Here are 7 critical things to know before loading up the car for summer’s final hurrah.
1: Options for camping in Oregon
The vast majority of public campgrounds that can be reserved across Western Oregon have already been snapped up.
As of last week, 96% of Oregon’s state park campsites were already booked