Clackamas County will reopen most of its parks and boat ramps — which have been closed for months due to Covid-19 — for daytime use beginning Monday, June 1.
Parks will be open for walking, hiking, biking, running and fishing, as well as river access for swimming, boating and floating. Picnic shelters, playgrounds, sport courts and other group facilities will remain closed.
County Parks says they are following the requirements and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of Oregon and local health officials.
Visitors are asked to be courteous of others and observe all the social distancing guidelines and recommendations that remain in effect. Officials say they will monitor parks closely and may make changes, as needed and without notice, to help keep visitors and staff safe.
The county offers the following guidelines and recommendations:
Planning Your Visit
• Do not come to a park — or leave your home at all — if you feel sick or have any flu-like symptoms such as a fever, difficulty breathing or cough.
• If you are planning to use a boat ramp to access the river, prepare as much as possible from home so you can move quickly from the parking lot to launch your boat, paddleboard, kayak, raft, etc.
• Parking fees will be enforced. Bring credit cards or exact cash for park fees. Parks may not have change.
• Be prepared to turn around and not enter a park if it looks crowded or if a staff member requests that you not enter.
• Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer.
• Bring and wear your own face coverings.
• Plan to visit only with members of your own household.
• Do not travel far to visit; recommendations are that travel for outdoor recreation be limited to 50 miles or less.
While at the Park
• Please follow the guidance of signs and park staff.
• Keep at least six feet from anyone who is not a member of your household.
• Activities that encourage groups of people to be in close proximity, including contact sports, are prohibited.
• People are discouraged from congregating in parking lots, trailheads, boat ramps and in any other gatherings of people from more than one household.
• Keep any pets on a leash and at least six feet from other people and pets.
• Expect reduced services, including limited access to restrooms and water fountains, and the continued closure of group picnic shelters, courts, play areas and park offices. Overflow parking lots at Barton Park and Feyrer Park will remain closed for the season.
• Stay on designated trails except when you need to step back to give others more room when passing to maintain physical distancing.
• Do not pass others on footbridges; yield to oncoming hikers and wait until clear to cross.
• Avoid touching surfaces.
• Avoid risky behavior and make safe choices. Emergencies can strain limited medical and rescue resources.
• Please remember that alcohol, campfires, glass and fireworks are prohibited in our park day-use areas and public boat ramps.
County Park campgrounds at Barton Park, Metzler Park and Feyrer Park are expected to open June 22. Reservations can be made online at www.clackamas.us/parks/reservations or by calling Clackamas County Parks Reservations at 503-742-4414.
Parks and Boat Ramps Opening June 1
• Barlow Wayside Park
• Barton Park (overflow parking lot closed for the season; campgrounds expected to open June 22)
• Barton Park Boat Ramp
• Boones Ferry Marina
• Boring Station Trailhead Park
• Eagle Fern Park
• Feyrer Park (overflow parking lot closed for the season; campgrounds expected to open June 22)
• Hebb Park
• Hebb Park Boat Ramp
• Metzler Park (campgrounds expected to open June 22)
• Springwater Corridor Trail
• Wilhoit Springs Park
Other Parks and Boat Ramps
• Carver Boat Ramp (estimated to open in mid- to late June)
• Knights Bridge Park (estimated to open June 15)
• Wagon Wheel Park (estimated to open June 15)
• Madrone Wall Park (closed until Aug. 1 for the protection of wildlife)
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