Getting outside to fish, paddle, hike, camp, or boat can be healing. And, as a veteran, reduced rates and unique opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor recreation are available to veterans at state and national parks and on other public lands. Gold Star Families may also receive free access passes to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.
ODVA has partnered with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), Oregon State Marine Board, and Oregon Parks and Recreation to bring you one resource to access recreation information.
How to Get Started
Heading into the great outdoors? Oregon has such a wide variety to offer. If you're looking to organize a trip, here's how:
PICK a place to go - whether a state park, recreation site, waterway, or wilderness.
PLAN your trip with weather forecasts, recreation reports, and park status updates.
PREPARE before you go, by learning whether you need licenses or permits and what safety equipment to bring.
And don't forget to subscribe to email updates for more recreation opportunities!
State Park Finder - Use this interactive tool from Oregon State Parks to filter parks by activities, facilities, and operating status. Want a place to go birding? Reserve an RV Campground, or even a yurt? Or find ADA facilities? This is the place to start.
Park Status - This interactive map from Oregon State Parks shows which parks are open, closed, or have restricted facilities.
Recreation Site Status Map - This interagency map is frequently updated for Oregon's state and federal recreation areas.
Disabled Angler Access Map - Going fishing? Many of the more popular fishing locations across the state are accessible to anglers with disabilities. This map from ODFW is a guide to these areas.
Boat Oregon Online Maps (BOOM) - If boating is more your speed, the BOOM HUB is a collection of maps featuring boating access locations, motorboat restricted waterways, life jacket kiosk locations, and much more to keep you informed and safe on the water.
- Discounts abound for veterans - check ahead of time to obtain yours!
- Licenses and Permits - make sure you have what you need before you go.
Waterway Access and Aquatic Invasive Species Permit - A Waterway Access Permit is required for non-motorized boats 10 feet and longer. Out-of-state motorized boats and sailboats 12 feet and longer are required to carry an Aquatic Invasive Species permit when operating in Oregon waterways.
- Stay safe and abide by rules and regulations!
Boating Equipment and Regulations - Read this handy list from OSMB of what to have aboard your boat and other legal requirements.
Boater Education Card - All boaters who operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower (hp) and youths 12-15 years old operating a motorboat of any size are required to take an approved boating safety course and apply/carry a boater education card.
Boater Safety Checklist - This checklist from OSMB will help you have a safe and enjoyable time on the water.
- Watch the weather