Per DNF May 20 press release: Prior to Memorial Day weekend, the Deschutes National Forest will open most developed day-use sites and boat ramps on the national forest. The public should be aware that those sites remaining closed have hazard trees that need to be addressed for public safety or still have significant snow.
“I am happy to share that we are opening many of our boat launches and trailheads that provide access to the landscape and recreation we all enjoy so much” said Forest Supervisor Holly Jewkes. “We appreciate your understanding as we work to restore services to these sites. In the meantime, we will not be charging day use fees.”
The specific status of each site on the Deschutes National Forest can be found in this table, updated daily on the Deschutes website.
Though these sites are considered open to the public, restrooms will not be regularly cleaned or maintained, nor will garbage services be provided at this time. The public should be prepared to recreate responsibly without these services, and remember “pack it in, pack it out” and put campfires dead out.
This weekend is the initial phase of developed recreation sites opening on the Deschutes National Forest. All campgrounds on the Deschutes National Forest remain closed. Dispersed camping is still allowed.
“We are working to open some campgrounds on the forest the first weekend in June. We will continue to open more campgrounds as safety issues are addressed and services can be provided,” said Jewkes.
Responsible recreation practices include:
DNF Contact: Jean Nelson-Dean, Public Affairs Officer, Deschutes National Forest, 458-231-1242