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Frequently Asked Questions

 
IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED?
Alcohol is permitted at most County Parks and Campgrounds.
  • Not allowed to sell alcohol without a permit.
  • No alcohol on open sand (County or Forest Service).
  • No alcohol at sand camping.
  • No alcohol in the Dunes National Recreation Area.
  • No alcohol at the Staging Area.
State laws apply in all of Douglas County Parks.
Photo of a Crab Dock
 
ARE CAMP FIRES ALLOWED?

Campfires are allowed in designated fire pits only, pursuant to the current regulations in effect by the Douglas Forest Protection Association: (541) 672-6507 or check online at: http://www.dfpa.net

 
WHAT IS A CAMPSITE?

A campsite is defined as a physical site consisting of parking space for one camping unit and one tow vehicle. A camping unit is defined as any unit that is used for sleeping such as a motor home, 5th wheel, tent, camper van or a pickup with canopy or camper. A tow vehicle is either the vehicle being towed or the vehicle towing the camping unit. Any other vehicles are to be considered extra vehicles. A small tent is allowed to accompany the primary camping unit in the campsite. A small tent is defined as a tent designed to be occupied by no more than three persons. Any larger tents must be placed in another site and pay the appropriate fee. In campgrounds with large campsites that can accommodate multiple camping units, more than one camping unit will be allowed only by permission of the Caretaker and must pay the appropriate fee for another campsite.

 
WHAT ARE CAMPER STAY LIMITS?

Maximum stay is 14 nights consecutively.

 
WHAT ARE CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT TIMES?

For reserved sites, check in time is 2:30 pm, and check out time is 11:00 am (all campsites, cabins and yurts). If you arrive earlier and the site is empty, you may occupy the site. If the campsite is not reserved notify the caretaker before paying or occupy the site. Physical presence is required to register a campsite.  Physical presence means the person who is to occupy the site must be present with their camping unit, ready to occupy the site.

 
IS THERE A DISABLED VETERAN DISCOUNT?

Disabled Veterans and active military on leave receive 10 free camping days per year with a maximum of 5 days in a row at any one campground.  If you stay longer than 5 nights at a park, you will pay the standard rate for the extra days.

Disabled Veterans must have Special Access Pass from the State of Oregon, Parks & Recreation Department (OPRD) and a picture I.D. in order to receive the discount.  The $10 reservation fee is not waived.

Active military can show their military I.D. or a copy of their leave papers.

See “Park Permits and Applications” for the OPRD application form for Special Access Pass.

 
IS THERE A DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENT DISCOUNT?

The Douglas County Park Department currently offers a $2.00 discount on individual campsites only for Douglas County residents with proof of residency.  The discount does not apply to group camping, pavilions, yurts or cabins.

 
ARE DOGS ALLOWED?

No dogs are allowed at River Forks Park between May 15 and September 15.
Other parks allow dogs year-round, provided they’re on a leash and under the control of their owner. Please remember to pick up after your dog.

 
ARE FIREARMS ALLOWED?

Pressurized firearms not permitted at Douglas County Parks. This includes paintball and bb guns. (See hunting rules for exceptions).

 
ARE FIREWORKS ALLOWED?

Legal fireworks are allowed at irrigated parks only.

 
IS GOLD PANNING ALLOWED?

All property under the river’s high water mark is owned by the Department of State Lands.  Check with DSL for the rules:
Recreational Placer Mining

 
HOW TO CHANGE OR CANCEL A RESERVATION

Changes and/or cancellations must be made in accordance with the cancellation policy of the particular site that you have reserved. For example, group camping and/or holiday camping requires a one month notice, and individual sites require a two weeks’ notice. Cabins, yurts, and pavilions require a one week notice. Days may be added to the end of the reservation if those days are available, and if the request is made two weeks prior to the reservation date. A new arrival date must be at least two weeks in advance of the date the reservation change is made.
For any cancellations, please contact the office at Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at 541-957-7001.

 
IS HUNTING ALLOWED?

Park ordinances allow for waterfowl hunting on Galesville Reservoir and Ben Irving Reservoir in designated wildlife area only. Ben Irving has a designated wildlife area at the west end of the lake. Galesville has a designated wildlife area on the east end of the lake and is also electric motors only (See park tour for maps of the reservoirs). You are allowed to hunt from a boat and must comply with all applicable Fish and Wildlife regulations pertaining to waterfowl hunting. No other hunting is allowed.

 
IS METAL DETECTING ALLOWED?

The collection of historic or prehistoric artifacts from beneath or above the ground or disturbing the ground for the purpose of locating artifacts or using or possessing a metal or mineral detector on park property is prohibited without specific written permission from the Parks Department.
To apply for a metal detector permit, go to Application for Metal Detectors

 
WHAT ARE PARK HOURS?

Day use park hours are from Sunrise to Sunset, unless otherwise posted. For exact sunrise and sunset times, go to Sun or Moon Rise/Set

 
ARE THERE SEASONAL RATES?

Yes.  Cabins at Windy Cove A & B have winter rates at $50 per night between November 1st to April 30th.

 
HOW IS THE FISHING?

We recommend you contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Game (541-440-3353) for up to date fishing information.

 
CAN A PARK BE RESERVED FOR SPECIAL EVENTS?

Yes, many county park facilities are available for rent by permit.  If the park does not have a pavilion or indoor facility to rent, you may still be able to hold an event at a park with a Special Event Permit. A permit does not give you exclusive use of a park, only the right to stage that event.

WHEN DO I NEED A SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT?

Please see the Park Department Policy Manual (Section 401) under the Park Advisory Board link to see the guidelines and definitions of a Special Event.

If an event will introduce extra or unusual hazards to water safety, a Regatta Permit is required to accompany the Special Event Permit.  See the Oregon State Marine Board guidelines at: Marine Event, Regatta or Parade Permit

Special Events Permit Application

Contact the Douglas County Parks Department at 541-957-7001 for additional information.