Monthly Archives: May 2017

Oregon State Parks Day and Free Fishing!

Come see us in the beautiful Columbia River gorge where the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites people to stay and play for free to celebrate State Parks Day on Saturday, June 3.

Enjoy camping free on the night of June 3 for all RV hookup sites and tent sites at Ainsworth, Viento, and Memaloose State Parks. In addition, day-use parking will be free both June 3 and 4 at our parks that charge a day-use fee. People can reserve online or by calling 800-452-5687. Phone reservations must be made by 5 p.m. June 2. The campsite rental will be free, but all reservations will still include an $8 non-refundable transaction fee. Of the 56 state park campgrounds, 46 take reservations.

Also featured the first weekend every June is free fishing sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). During Free Fishing Weekend, June 3 and 4 no license, tag or endorsement is required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. If you are new to fishing and wondering how to get started, come to our Free Fishing event at Benson State Recreation Area from 9 am – noon on Saturday June 3. Benson State Recreation Area features a small lake along the Columbia River with picnic tables and restrooms. Take exit 30 Eastbound on I-84.

For other events sponsored by ODFW in Oregon check the following link:

Free family fishing events