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About Us
Mission Statement
The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. 

Programs and Services

All-terrain Vehicles

Vehicle Permits
ATV Grants
Safety Classes

Bikeways (scenic places to ride)



County Opportunity
Land and Water Conservation
Local Government
Recreational Trails
Veterans' and War Memorial
Water Trails

Heritage Programs

Archaeological Services
Heritage Commission
Historic Cemeteries
Historic Trails
Main Street
State Historic Preservation Office
Financial Assistance
Historic Places
Community Action
Research & Guidance
Technical Assistance

Natural Resources Stewardship

Forest Health
Fish & Wildlife
Ocean Shores
Plants & Weeds
Rocky Shores
Scenic Waterways

Oregon Coast Trail Maps

Oregon State Parks

Find a Park

Planning + Design Services

Planning Services
Cultural Landscape
Park Plans
  Interpretive Plans & Programs
Design Services

Rules & Regulations

Rulemaking notices
Ocean Shores permits
Scenic Waterways permits
How to become a day-use parking pass agent
How to become an ATV permit agent

Water Trails

Volunteering  ​


Annual Performance Measures

Oregon Administrative Rules for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Chapter 736 
The department operates Oregon's state parks through a headquarters staff in Salem and field regions. It is also responsible for Oregon's Recreation Trails, the Ocean Shores Recreation Area, Scenic Waterways and the Willamette River Greenway. The department was created as a branch of the Highway Department in 1921. The 1989 Legislature created a separate Parks and Recreation Department, effective in 1990. Oregon's state parks are among the most popular in the U.S: their combined day-use and camping attendance of 39.6 million visitors (2001) consistently ranks the system among the ten most visited in the nation.
OPRD's Heritage Programs Division, which includes the State Historic Preservation Office, Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, operates a number of cultural and historic preservation
Department activities are funded primarily by state park user fees, Oregon Lottery dollars, and recreation vehicle license fees.