Molalla River State Park reopens Thursday, for the first time in months.
All state parks and recreational areas were closed by order of the governor in March to stem the spread of Covid-19, and began reopening last month on a case-by-case basis.
Molalla River’s day-use area is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with limited services, including the boat ramp, trails and off-leash dog area. One of two restrooms closed.
Oregon Parks and Recreation asks that you do not travel far to visit, and be prepared to turn around if the park is too crowded to maintain safe distancing. Visitors should bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer, and pack out their own trash. Facilities may close without notice.
Molalla River State Park sits at the confluence of the Willamette, Molalla and Pudding rivers. The flood plains of these rivers provide important habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, deer, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
One of the largest blue heron rookeries in the Willamette Valley is located there.
It has grassy field areas for picnics and games and a pet exercise area where you can let your dog run off leash. Fishing is a popular activity, and a boat ramp gives convenient river access. It’s located about a quarter mile downriver from the Canby Ferry,
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