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Midwinter is a great time to book a campground

Campgrounds around Oregon fill up months in advance. If you have time on your hands and aren't watching the Olympics at the moment, why not take a few minutes to figure out some of your plans for next summer. Not ready to think of summer? Winter can be a beautiful time for camping as well. Birds that you might not see in the summer can be spotted through the branches now that all the leaves are off the trees. Also, it's less crowded out in the woods right now.

Eagles can be easier to see in winter.
Kathleen Sweeney
A pair of eagles resting on a branch
Kathleen Sweeney

Eagles are making a comeback in Oregon and could provide a focal point for a Winter or Spring trip. There have been a few recent articles about the convocation down around the border with California, but there are eagles around the Portland area as well. A good place to look for them in our area is near the rivers at Sauvie Island, Elk Rock Island and in Oregon City.

Further away, they can be spotted along the Columbia at Cascade Locks and past that in Dufur, an incredibly beautiful spot just 12 miles South of The Dalles.

Closer to home, McIver Park, near Estacada, opens for camping March 15th. After exploring there you could backtrack to little known Bonnie Lure State Recreation area and see what there is to see there as well.

State Parks can be reserved in advance through Reserve America. Check it out today! Some Forest Service campgrounds are first come, first served. Others are now able to be reserved at recreation.gov. If you are interested in those that do not take reservations, consider taking a Thursday and Friday off to get down there early to get a good spot.