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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.
  • No alcohol at Green Oaks Park.
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: 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, car, 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
No more than 30 days maximum at any one park per year.
 
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 site is first-come first-served, you may check in when you arrive. Physical presence is required to register a campsite. By physical presence, we mean 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.

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. and a copy of their leave papers.

See “Park Permits and Applications” for the OPRD application form for the 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, 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 are on a leash and under the control of their owner. Please remember to pick up after your dog.
 
ARE FIREARMS ALLOWED?
Pressurized firearms cannot be used at Douglas County Parks. They may be in your possession, but they cannot be loaded or fired. This includes paintball and bb guns. (See hunting rules for exceptions). Loaded firearms are allowed only if the owner has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
 
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: http://www.oregonstatelands.us/DSL/PERMITS/ga_placerinfo.shtml
 
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 requires a one month notice, individual sites require a two weeks notice, and yurts, cabins and pavilions require a one week notice. For any cancellations, please contact the office at (541) 957-7001 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

No changes or cancellations are allowed within one month prior to the arrival date for group camping and/or holiday camping, no later than two weeks prior to the arrival date for individual sites, and no later than one week prior to the arrival date for yurts and cabins. Days may be added to the end of the reservation if those days are available 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.
 
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 hunting anywhere at Cooper Creek. 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 Park Department.
 
WHAT ARE PARK HOURS?
Day use park hours are from Sunrise to Sunset, unless otherwise posted. For exact sunrise and sunset times, go to http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneYear.php
 
ARE THERE SEASONAL RATES?
No.
 
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?
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. Call the office for availability and fee information. A permit does not give you exclusive use of a park, only the right to stage that event.

If you will be having a Bounce House, Water Slide, Climbing Wall or any other recreational device, you will need to get a Special Event Permit that includes providing a certificate of insurance.

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: http://licenseinfo.oregon.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=license_seng&link_item_id=14471

A copy of the Special Event permit can be found at: http://www.co.douglas.or.us/parks/pdfs/SpecialEventBlankPermit.pdf.

Special Event fees:  
1-100 Attendees $75.00
101-300 Attendees $100.00
301-400 Attendees $150.00
401-500 Attendees $200.00
501-600 Attendees $250.00
600 and up Attendees $300.00
 
Additional electrical and water fees may apply if your event will have a bounce house or water slide.