Events

Oregon State Parks in the Columbia River Gorge host and take part in a number of events throughout the year.  Join us!

All events listed below are free and open to the public unless noted; a $5 parking permit or $30 annual permit is required for events at Rooster Rock, Dabney, and Benson State Parks.

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Vista House events often include antique automobiles when the weather is nice!


2017 Public Events

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

Oregon State Parks, West Gorge MU

More Info:  www.oregonstateparks.org, 503-695-2261


January

1       First Day Hike.  10 am—Noon, Latourell Falls

March

10      Ainsworth Campground Opens for the Season

13      Vista House Opens Daily.  9 am—4 pm

25      Star Party:  OMSI Vernal Equinox.   Dusk to Midnight, Rooster Rock SP

April

15     Guided Hike:  Wildflowers & Waterfalls.*  10 am—12:30 pm, Latourell Falls/Guy Talbot SP

          *Registration Required:  gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes

22     Earth Day Tree Plant.*  9 am—1 pm, Rooster Rock SP

          *Registration Required:   www.solv.org/get-involved/event-registration

29     Star Party:  OMSI Astronomy Day.  Dusk to Midnight, Rooster Rock SP

May

5       Vista House’s 99th Birthday.  11 am—3 pm, Vista House

14     Mother’s Day.  11 am—3 pm, Vista House

20     Star Party:  OMSI Planet Parade.  Dusk to Midnight, Rooster Rock SP

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On State Parks Day, you can enjoy your parks for FREE. And learn how to fish for FREE at Benson SRA.

June

3       State Parks Day.  Statewide.  Free Admission & Camping.

Special Event 11 am—3 pm, Vista House

3       Free Fishing Day.   Statewide.  Event 9 am—Noon, Benson SRA

4       Free Fishing Day.   Statewide.  No special events

9       Song Circle:  Sing-Along. 7—9 pm, Vista House

17     Star Party:  OMSI Summer Solstice.  Dusk to Midnight, Rooster Rock SP

18     Father’s Day.   11 am—3 pm, Vista House

23      Guided Kayak Tour Sunset Paddle.*  7:30-9:30 pm, Rooster Rock State Park.  $

          *Registration Required:  1-800-452-5687, Mon-Fri, 8 am—5 pm

25     Guided Kayak Tour. * 10 am – 12 noon, Rooster Rock State Park $

2:30 pm -4:30 pm, Rooster Rock State Park $

         *Registration Required:  gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes

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Join us for  kayak tours at Rooster Rock. We supply the equipment and the training. Registration required.

July

2       Guided Kayak Tour. * 10 am – 12 noon, Rooster Rock State Park $

2:30 pm -4:30 pm, Rooster Rock State Park $

*Registration Required:  1-800-452-5687, Mon-Fri, 8 am—5 pm

4       Corbett Fun Festival.  11 am—11 pm, Corbett School

8       Guided Hike:  Full Moon Walk.*  8:30pm—10:30 pm, Toothrock Trailhead

          *Registration Required:  gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes

8       Star Party:  OMSI Lunar Viewing.  Dusk to Midnight, Rooster Rock SP

16     Guided Kayak Tour. * 10 am – 12 noon, Rooster Rock State Park $

2:30 pm -4:30 pm, Rooster Rock State Park $

          *Registration Required:  1-800-452-5687, Mon-Fri, 8 am—5 pm

28     Guided Kayak Tour Sunset Paddle.*  7:30-9:30 pm, Rooster Rock State Park.  $

          *Registration Required:  1-800-452-5687, Mon-Fri, 8 am—5 pm

28-30   Let’s Go Camping Event.*  Ainsworth State Park

          *Registration Required: 

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_letsGoCamping

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Meet the Oregon State Parks mascot, JR Beaver, (and some of our rangers!) at one of our many community events.

August

6       Guided Kayak Tour. * 10 am – 12 noon, Rooster Rock State Park $

 2:30 pm -4:30 pm, Rooster Rock State Park $

          *Registration Required:  1-800-452-5687, Mon-Fri, 8 am—5 pm

12     Star Party:  OMSI Perseid Meteor Shower.  Dusk to Midnight, Rooster Rock SP

18     Song Circle:  Sing-Along.*  7—8:30 pm.  *Special kids’ event!

25    Guided Kayak Tour:  Sunset Paddle.*  7—9 pm, Rooster Rock State Park.  $

          *Registration Required:  1-800-452-5687, Mon-Fri, 8 am—5 pm

27   Guided Kayak Tour. * 10 am – 12 noon, Rooster Rock State Park $

2:30 pm -4:30 pm, Rooster Rock State Park $

*Registration Required:  1-800-452-5687, Mon-Fri, 8 am—5 pm

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Join after hours for sing-alongs at Vista House.

September

 

9       Star Party:  OMSI Autumn Equinox.   Dusk to midnight, Rooster Rock SP

15     Song Circle:  Sing-Along. 7—9 pm, Vista House

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Rooster Rock hosts Star Parties monthly, March through September.

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