Busy Campgrounds Mark the Unofficial End of Summer

It’s Labor Day weekend – and the official unofficial beginning of the end of summer.

Thousands of people will travel into Oregon’s wilderness to camp for the weekend, but if you’re just now trying to find an escape to the great outdoors…you might be out of luck.

“This is usually the last hoorah of the summer,” said Tumalo State Park Ranger Joe Wannemaker.

Some campers staying at Tumalo State Park this weekend have had their reservations for nearly a year.

The campground is just one of many in Central Oregon that is completely booked for the holiday weekend.

“I know that Tumalo is full, La Pine’s full, Prinevillle’s full, Camp Palisade is full, they’re pretty much all full,” Wannemaker said.

So full that even if you have a reservation, you could potentially lose your spot if you’re considered a “no-show”.

“If somebody has a reservation for today, say Friday, and they haven’t shown up by tomorrow, Saturday, by one o clock and we haven’t heard from them whether they’re coming or not we will release their site,” he said.

Wannemaker says they’re also anticipating a high volume of visitors in their day use area throughout the weekend, and is encouraging everyone to have a fun, but safe weekend.

“The river, even though it’s pretty safe down there it is water and every summer there’s people that drown…especially small kids, so be alert,” he said.

Wannemaker says that if you don’t have reservations and still want to try to get out camping this weekend, there are a few parks across the state that are first come first serve.

And there are typically a few cancellations that happen at parks that do take reservations but admits that the chances of that are pretty slim.


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