Latest Outdoor Recreation Closures and Restrictions
If you’re headed outdoors this weekend please remember that social distancing is still important and plan ahead as there are multiple new closures and other restrictions that you will want to be aware of and plan accordingly.
Please remember that the health and well begin of the communities you visit or pass through is also important, and you practicing good social distancing will help keep them safe and healthy as well.
Social distancing practices should be included as part of your travel planning for your trip. Remember that your vehicle is an enclosed space and it may be best to travel with limited passengers rather than carpooling.
Also remember, high traffic areas including trailheads, playgrounds and parking lots should be treated with extra caution as these are areas with potentially higher rate of contact with other visitors. Surfaces including gates, information kiosks, and playground equipment should be considered with the same level of caution as any other public surface.
And finally as the current situation continues to evolve this information is subject to change and you should check the websites below or those for your destination for the most current updates.
If you’re heading outdoors in Baker County, here are the closures we are aware of at the moment.
Oregon State Parks: Updated March 22 The COVID-19 situation is very fluid and in order to follow Governor Kate Brown’s order to maintain social distance, Oregon State Parks has made the difficult decision to close the entire state park system This closure will last at least until May 8. and includes all State park facilities including campgrounds, day use areas, trails and overlooks.
For the most up to date information please visit https://oregonstateparks.org/ Where you can find the latest Covid 19 updates
BLM: The Bureau of Land Management Vale District has temporarily closed many of its developed recreation facilities to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
These closures include:
The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City;
All developed Vale BLM campgrounds in Malheur County and on the Baker Resource Area;
All boat access sites on Vale BLM-managed lands campgrounds in Malheur County and on the Baker Resource Area; and
All hot springs sites in Malheur County.
Trails remain open at this time, however again visitor centers, interpretive centers as well as offices are closed to the public. As with Oregon State Parks the BLM is reminding visitors to continue to be vigilant with social distancing and visit responsibly.
For more information including closure updates and restrictions for BLM lands in Baker County please visit https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington
US Forest Service: The Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests are temporarily closing all developed recreation sites, to align with direction from state governors to stay home, stay safe, and save lives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The closure applies to campgrounds, trailhead facilities, picnic areas, rental cabins, Sno-Parks, and boat ramps across the Forests’ shared footprint in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Forest roads, trails, and general forest lands remain open to the public, but all visitors are strongly urged to practice social distancing.
Many Ranger stations and visitor centers are offering virtual services to members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak. Visitors and customers are encouraged to contact their local ranger station via phone or email during regular business hours for information.
The USFS is also reminding visitors to continue to use good judgment and plan ahead when visiting since it is spring and trail conditions can change quickly based on weather and elevation. For more information including the latest Forest alerts on closures, and restriction visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/wallowa-whitman/alerts-notices
Visitors should also remember that outdoor recreation has inherent risks and we encourage you to recreate with caution and good judgment to help avoid any incident that might put additional strain on our first responders and local medical facilities.