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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department opens four Columbia River Gorge state parks

Sept. 25, 2017

Several state parks remain closed

Corbett, OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has re-opened Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park. The parks were closed as a safety precaution during the Eagle Creek Fire and the related closure of Interstate 84.

All state park major and historic structures withstood the fire according to Park Manager Clay Courtright, West Gorge Management Unit.

"We're grateful that Vista House still stands as well as other iconic features well-loved by Oregonians and visitors to our state," said Courtright.

Several parks remain closed until the all-clear signal is issued for staff to safely access and enter the properties, he added. Park staff will assess possible fire damage to trails, vegetation, parking areas and minor structures. This initial review will take time and the following parks will remain closed until they are safe for visitors. The opening dates will be determined later.

  • Ainsworth State Park and campground
  • Benson State Recreation Area 
  • Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
  • Dalton Point State Recreation Site
  • George W. Joseph State Natural Area
  • John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor
  • Guy W. Talbot State Park
  • Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area
  • Viento State Park
  • West Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Visit www.oregonstateparks.org for the latest park opening information.