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As public health safety measures, infrastructure and local conditions continue to allow, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is opening additional selected recreation facilities in southwest Oregon for visitors’ enjoyment, according to a news release.

“We understand you have favorite recreation sites and are doing our best to make outdoor recreation on public lands as accessible as possible for your health and well-being,” the release notes. Some prior scheduled recreation openings were delayed due to issues such as water system readiness and the need for hazard tree removal; revised opening dates are included below.

“We are pleased to offer additional site openings in time for families to enjoy over the July 4 holiday. When recreating on public lands, please follow current fire restrictions and remember, no fireworks are allowed on public lands,” said Michelle Ahearn, Forest Recreation Program Manager.

Be prepared and aware of your surroundings when visiting the outdoors; bring any necessary supplies with you and pack out what you have brought in. Some services, such as toilets, potable water, trash service, etc. may not yet be available, depending on the location. Fee collections will be delayed at some sites.

The Forest Service recommends practicing “Leave No Trace” (LNT) principles in order to protect natural resources and recreate responsibly. The LNT website www.lnt.org has plenty of tips for people who may encounter limited recreation services, such as a lack of available restrooms, in the coming months.

All facilities are carefully evaluated for suitability of public access in compliance with federal, state and local guidelines prior to opening. Visitors are asked to know before you go and check ahead of time on the local conditions and current openings/closures. We recommend that you choose to visit recreation sites closer to home with members of your own household rather than recreating with people who make up your extended social circles.

It is important to keep in mind that some prior scheduled opening dates changed due to a variety of factors; updates for actual openings are provided below, in addition to future scheduled openings. Some services, such as toilets, potable water, trash service, etc. may not yet be available, depending on the location, and fee collections will be delayed at some sites. Due to the evolving nature of the readiness of opening sites, please contact the appropriate ranger district office (see below) to confirm the most current status of individual sites.

June 15 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

High Cascades Ranger District: Jim Creek Group Campground

June 18 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

High Cascades Ranger District: Natural Bridge Interpretive Site, Rogue Gorge Interpretive Site

June 19 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

Gold Beach Ranger District: Lobster Creek Campground, Foster Bar Campground

Powers Ranger District: Sunshine Bar, Butler Bar Campground, Laird Lake Campground

June 22 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

High Cascades Ranger District: Union Creek Wayside

June 24 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

High Cascades Ranger District: Lodgepole Cabin Recreation Rental, Willow Prairie Cabin Recreation Rental, Imnaha Cabin Recreation Rental, Big Elk Guard Station Recreation Rental

June 25 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

Wild Rivers Ranger District: Grayback Campground

June 26 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

Gold Beach Ranger District: Quosatana Creek Campground, Foster Bar SCAT machine at boat ramp.

Powers Ranger District: Sru Lake Campground, Buck Creek Campground, in addition to all other Powers Campgrounds.

July 1 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

Wild Rivers Ranger District: Bolan Lookout

Siskiyou Mountain Ranger District: Beaver Sulphur Campground, Flumet Flat Campground, Wrangle Campground, Squaw Peak Lookout

High Cascades Ranger District: Natural Bridge Campground (tentative; hazard tree removal needed)

July 8 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

High Cascades Ranger District: Imnaha Campground, River Bridge Campground, South Fork Campground (these campground openings are tentative; hazard tree removal is needed at each of these facilities).

July 15 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

High Cascades Ranger District: Beaver Dam Campground, Daley Creek Campground, (these campground openings are tentative; hazard tree removal is needed at each of these facilities)

July 31 Campground/Recreation Site Openings

Gold Beach Ranger District: Ludlum House Recreation Rental

Additional Recreation Sites Currently Open

High Cascades Ranger District: Abbott Creek Campground, Doe Point Campground & Day Use, Farewell Bend Campground, Fish Lake, Fish Lake Resort and Fish Lake Campground; Fourbit Ford Campground, Mill Creek Campground, Muir Creek dispersed recreation area, North Fork Campground, North Fork Little Butte Creek dispersed recreation area, Union Creek and Union Creek Campground

Contact numbers to check specific recreation site opening status:

High Cascades Ranger District: (541) 505-4050

Wild Rivers Ranger District: (541) 592-4000 (Cave Junction) (541) 471-6500 (Grants Pass)

Gold Beach Ranger District: (541) 247-3600

Powers Ranger District: (541) 439-6200

Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District: (541) 899-3800

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest manages hundreds of recreation sites across southwest Oregon, including campgrounds, boat launches, trailheads, picnic areas, rental cabins, trails, and more. For more detailed information (recreation conditions report), go to: https://go.usa.gov/xwHBg

Please recreate responsibly, be respectful of others, remember your sanitizer, pack out any trash and dispose of waste appropriately, follow all current fire restrictions and remember, no fireworks are allowed on public lands.