Oregon State Parks

Oregon State Parks

The day after Thanksgiving isn't just for shopping.

Oregon State Parks is taking its cue from a major retailer and other states and waiving $5 day-use parking fees on Black Friday.

Oregon State Parks

Planners are gathering information about trails at Honeyman State Park in Florence. There's a public meeting Thursday evening.


Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Department has been considering a smoking ban for years. They happened to present their idea to the City just as the City Council began debating a downtown smoking ban.

There’s plenty of precedent for these kinds of bans. All Oregon State Parks are smoke free. Craig Carnagey is with Eugene’s Parks Department. He says the ban is a logical step:

Oregon State Parks

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is peak whale-watching time at the Oregon Coast. The State Parks Department is ready with several programs for visitors.

(ambi: Dory from Finding Nemo)

People who don’t speak whale will find interpreters this week at the Oregon Coast. Hundreds of trained volunteers will staff 24 locations at just about every major lookout, helping people spot gray whales and learn about them. Brain Hoeh (HAY) is with the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. He says this week is ideal for whale watching:


It could soon be illegal to smoke cigarettes outdoors in Oregon's Parks. The state is considering a rule change in the New Year.