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Celebrate State Parks Day with free camping, parking and more

For those who are looking for something to do with this weekend, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has given you an inexpensive option.

On June 7, all state parks throughout the state will be open to public use for free, in celebration of State Parks Day. Camp for free on the night of June 7 – in tent and RV sites including those will full hookup (sewer, electricity and water) and those with electrical hookups (electricity and water). Parking is also free at the 26 day use parks that typically charge a parking fee.

The Oregon State Legislature established Oregon State Parks Day in 1997 to focus public attention on Oregon's state park system. The event is always the first Saturday in June.

"State Parks Day is our chance to say 'thank you' to our visitors," said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Director Lisa Van Laanen. "Free camping and day use on the first Saturday in June has become a big tradition for visitors--and for our staff."

Events at Specific Parks

Throughout the state, there will be guided hikes, special barbecues and J.R. Beaver, the state park mascot, will make an appearance or two.

L.L. “Stubb” Stewart State Park: West of Portland, volunteers and guests will lead hikes group bike and horseback rides and give presentations throughout the day.

Silver Falls State Park: Near Salem, visitors to Silver Falls State Park can take part in the Silver Falls Challenge Foot Race, then enjoy a free barbeque in the South Falls Lodge Courtyard.

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park: South of Florence, Jessie M. Honeyman memorial State Park will be the site of a grand opening for a new fishing dock; visitors can take part in introductory lessons in piloting canoes and kayaks.

A complete list of events is available here.