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Corps relaxes restrictions for some recreation sites in Oregon and Washington

Portland District
Published May 7, 2020
William L. Jess Dam at Lost Creek Lake, Oregon

William L. Jess Dam at Lost Creek Lake, Oregon

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) is relaxing restrictions at some recreation sites in Oregon and Washington, Thursday, May 7th as the first phase in a gradual relaxing of closures at Corps locations.

The list of locations that are relaxing restrictions is available at:

Unless specifically stated as being open, Corps-managed recreation sites remain closed at this time. Sites are only open for day-use. Camping and overnight use is not permitted at this time. All visitor centers, playgrounds and group picnic sites remain closed.

Visitors must comply with all park and vehicle rules and recreate responsibly by following safety guidelines to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

The Corps closed all recreation locations March 30 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and support the stay-at-home executive orders issued by the Oregon and Washington state governors.

Stay-at-home orders are still in place in Oregon and Washington and we encourage the public to continue following this guidance. We relaxed our recreation site restrictions at some sites to align with the Oregon and Washington governors limited reopening of state recreation areas for responsible use by local residents. In addition, both Oregon and Washington fish & wildlife departments opened hunting and fishing to non-residents, including Spring Salmon season for May 5, 7, 9 and 13.

“The health and safety of all visitors, partners, employees and their families is our top priority. We are in the early phases of gradually reopening some recreation sites, but we need your cooperation to keep these sites open,” said Melissa Rinehart, Portland District chief of natural resource management.

“Recreating has changed due to COVID-19. Please limit your travel to nearby locations and follow the guidelines we have put in place to promote a safe experience at our recreation sites.”

We ask the public follow these guidelines established by the Corps and the Oregon and Washington governor’s offices:
 • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms shall not participate in outdoor recreation activities.
• We may need to close any public park, land, trail or boat ramp if there is reason to believe an unsafe condition exists or social distancing practices are not being adhered to.
• People must recreate locally: Do not travel farther than necessary and do not stay overnight to recreate.
• Parking may be limited, but recreation users must park in designated spots.
• Limit your recreation partners to only those who live within your household unit.
• Always maintain a minimum six-foot social distance from other people in all areas including trailhead and boat ramp locations.
• Utilize facial coverings in any situation where social distancing is not possible.
• Do not gather in groups.
• Be considerate of other park visitors. Public restrooms are only as clean as the last user. Where restrooms are available, they may not have hand sanitizing stations. Bring your own personal protective supplies including hand sanitizer, soap, water, face mask, disinfectant wipes, etc.
• Bring your own food and supplies when possible to help protect others in your community.  
• Wear a personal floatation device (life vest) if you are recreating on the water. At this time, Corps life jacket loaner stations are not available in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Corps will continually monitor guidance from state and local officials on the COVID-19 pandemic and update recreation conditions as information changes.

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Questions? Call the public affairs office at 503-808-4510.
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Jeffrey Henon

Release no. 20-010