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All trailheads, trails (including OHV), day use areas, target shooting areas, and forest roads remain open. Limited camping is available, while some areas remain closed for the safety of the community and due to limited staff capacity. The Santiam State Forest is closed due to wildfire damage. Please visit the recreation list for COVID-19 updates on specific recreation sites.
The public should not plan to visit the Santiam in 2020. Over half of the fire was in the footprint of 2020 wildfires, and windstorm damage is still on the landscape in other areas. Here you can see damage and learn more about the scale of recovery efforts needed to safely re-open portions of the forest. Re-openings will occur in phases, and heavily damaged areas are likely to be closed for years.
Please visit the recreation list for COVID-19 updates on specific recreation sites.
These campgrounds will not open during the 2020 season. Reservations are not being accepted for this year.
Reservations can be made online for Northrup Creek Horse Camp. Santiam Horse Camp is not available for reservations due to wildfire damage.
Please visit the Public Fire Restrictions page for current fire restrictions.
All decisions about reopening follow recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority and are based on these main points:
Due to increased safety precautions, staffing capacity is limited. Please know that service levels may be reduced and not what you may be used to. Visitors should plan for the following service reductions/changes:
Keeping popular outdoor areas sanitary and safe from fire is critical. Here’s how you can recreate responsibly:
State forest recreation does not operate with any general fund tax dollars. State forest operations are funded through timber harvest, user fees, and donations. Please consider donating to the non-profit Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust.
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