March 20, 2021 — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announced this week that the popular campground at Carl G. Washburne State Park will reopen April 5 after being closed for more than a year due to revenue shortfalls and reduced staffing associated with COVID-19.
Located north of Florence in the Siuslaw National Forest, Washburne has 55 spacious, shaded campsites with electrical and water hookups, as well as two yurts and seven secluded tent sites. All site types will be on the reservation system. The campground’s hiker/biker camp is closed until further notice, due to the pandemic.
Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and yurts up to six months in advance starting March 22 at 6 a.m. for all stays from April 5 and beyond. Reservations can be made for one day or up to six months.
Washburne campground has long been first-come, first-served, meaning sites could not be reserved due to lack of high-speed connectivity. This created inefficiencies and inconsistencies to the process of administering campground stays, said Coastal Region Manager Dennis Comfort.
“Adding the park to the reservation system has been a long-term goal for OPRD,” Comfort said. “It brings consistency to agency processes and to the visitor experience. Now anyone can enjoy this beautiful campground, with the peace of mind that you’ll arrive and a campsite will be available.”
Washburne reservations can be made through OPRD’s partner site, oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 800-452-5687. Visitors should continue to follow safety protocols while visiting state parks: limit the size of gatherings, wear face coverings, give space to others and wash hands often.
More information about the park is on the Oregon State Parks official website at stateparks.oregon.gov.
For information on what to expect while visiting state parks, visit the Oregon State Parks COVID-19 FAQ page.