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Wolf Creek Inn temporarily closed for construction

June 8, 2015

Wolf Creek  OR -- The historic Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site will be closed for construction during the 2015 season. The project, to install a climate control system designed to protect the historic integrity of the late 1800s building, will coincide with the search for a new concessionaire to operate the Inn. The park is located in the town of Wolf Creek at Exit 76 on Interstate 5, 20 miles north of Grants Pass.

The former concession, Quist Hospitality, chose not to continue their operation after five years of service at Wolf Creek.

“We love what Margaret and Mark Quist did at Wolf Creek,” says State Park Manager Perry Salvestrin. “They were passionate about the Inn and serving park visitors, and we hope we are as lucky with the next concessionaire.”

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will explore ideas for the future Wolf Creek Inn contract. A “Request for Proposals” may be issued in the fall/winter of 2015 which could lead to a contract with a new concessionaire for the 2016 season.

The climate control system will allow better management of temperature and humidity in the Inn, believed to have been built between 1873 and 1880 as one of many similar way stations serving travelers and explorers on the early roads and trails in western Oregon. The estimated cost of the project is $400,000, funded by the share of Oregon Lottery profits dedicated to state park repairs, and includes accessibility improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Inn was also closed in late 2014 and early 2015 to install a fire suppression system.

While the building will be closed until the construction work is finished and a new concessionaire is in place, the grounds remain open. Picnic tables, a portable restroom, electric vehicle charging station, and rose garden are available at the park. The nearby Golden State Heritage Site is also open.

People interested in receiving notice when the re-opening date is set can send their contact information to wolfcreek.inn@oregon.gov.